data collection, gdpr, big data, ai, artificial intelligence, machine learning, sculpture, transfer pipettes, lab, art, sciart

Data collection.  In the age of big data and artificial intelligence, we are continually subjected to digital biopsy to feed the growth of entities that seek to monetize and control our behavior. This biomorphic sculpture is made of >10,000 plastic transfer pipettes typically used in labs to suck up samples.

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Data collection.  Evolution and development of akaryotes.

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Data collection.  Inside black box incubator for developing forms.

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Data collection.  Entering black box

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shelter, emergency blankets, immigration, borders, migration, children, keepfamiliestogether, sculpture, art

Suspension of embrace.  Among the ~68 mil refugees and migrants worldwide are >28 mil children. These toys made from emergency blankets straddle the tension between the possibility of a resilient, thriving generation and the impossibility of being caught up in hostile geopolitical circumstances.

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Suspension of embrace. The quilt depicts the Authagraph projection of the world map in embroidered French knots. This projection more accurately represents the relative sizes of the continents, and is viewed from a celestial reference point at the north pole rather than privileging any particular country, appealing to a broader sense of humanity that supersedes national borders. 

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Suspension of embrace. Detail of quilt.

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installation, installation art, emergency blankets, intermediate, floating

Suspension embrace. This parachute made of emergency blankets, which appears to be either deflating or just catching the air, evokes both a safe landing device and the miniaturized world of a childhood game. In this game, children stand all along the circumference of the parachute and fling it up so that it catches the air, enabling some to run across to the other side underneath the temporary dome before it collapses, with repeated trials resulting in waves of movement.

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Race, white fragility, le grand k, standards, sculpture, art

White Fragility. The now-defunct International Prototype of the Kilogram (aka “Le Grand K”) was until recently the global standard for the kilogram unit of mass. Carefully protected by a set of three nested bell jars under vacuum to guard against contamination or deterioration, it formed the basis for an essentially arbitrary system of measurement around which entire societies and economies were formed. This piece, in which a mixture of lighter shades of face powder are pressed into a cylinder, evokes the pseudoscientific vision that fabricated and enshrined the concept of race and “whiteness,” and the multilayered, systematic strategies used to defend and maintain an arbitrary and crumbling paradigm.

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biomorphic, art, sculpture, glue, translucence, liminal

Exfoliata. These biomorphic forms made entirely of Elmer’s glue peeled off of my skin imagine the aggregation and self-assembly of all the skin cells shed during my lifetime into creatures (me/not me) that are in various intermediate states, whether of growth or decay.

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Translucence and skin prints.

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knitting, iteration, biology, art

Untitled.  Quaternary structure arising from simple iterative finger knitting is revealed through cross-section 

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art, found objects

Tropism. Growth of a textile.

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recalculating, gps, grid cells, navigation, change, wood, sculpture, art

Recalculating...  The brain’s grid cells are part of our internal GPS and form a spatial framework for navigating within a given space. This wooden wall sculpture evokes their function and the mental remapping needed to reorient one’s framework to a shifting landscape, as well as the jarring discontinuities that can arise.

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