I Am You / Dissolution
My most recent body of work is based on presumptions surrounding ego and identity. Various faces of people are merged to create one image, thus presenting one portrait to represent many individuals or the multiplicity of a single entity. Boundaries melt into each other, opposites interchange and singularity becomes pluralistic.
Similarly, the blurred images insinuate movement through time. The ambiguity of the likeness or specificity of a unique identity suggests that time acts against the idea of a fixed or absolute self. The condition of being in space and time is subject to change and dissolution.
The body of artwork that I call Skype paintings are made from using screen captures of video chat conversations for drawing and painting references. The act of recreating the same image many times with various technological processes describes the initial event by creating a story, much like an embellished memory. The face becomes transmuted and its fluidity changes after it has been passed through multiple filters - a moving video, a still photograph, then a painting.
The experience of communicating through Skype led me to investigate the notion of digital being. One question I pose regarding computer simulations and the vacancy of physical closeness is: Can computer technology provide a substitute for bodily sensation and perception? During video chat, we experience a digital system that mimics physical reality and actually produces a representation that differs from the intended correspondence - what we perceive is a copy. Therefore, the visceral body is mediated by pixels. This demonstrates a situation that fails to provide complete satisfaction, not unlike the Heideggerian idea of empty intending. Artificiality of color, time, space and tactility is apparent during video chat. This reveals the absence of the other person.
I propose that the recognition of difference, contrary to the goals presented by correspondence in digital and virtual reality, reveals the authenticity of perception.