What is real? As the world becomes increasingly artificial due to technological change, I find myself asking this question more and more. Or at least I think I do, presuming that I myself am real. Recently I’m not even certain of this; perhaps I see only what contemporary technology wants me to see.
Looking towards mass media advertising, fashion, and the surplus of images that surround us, the development of new moral and social infrastructures is evident. Figures without identity emerge from this background, frozen in awkward positions without a sense of themselves. In my paintings and video installations, I play with collaged materials and body-extending costumes to make hybrid textile “skins” that reflect these individuals.
Today’s foundation-altering technologies, such as nanorobotics and artificial life, are having an imminent impact on the fabric of human consciousness. I am a figurative artist, and I am interested in representing this contemporary reality. Or at least that’s how it seems to me, when attempting to paint a posthuman portrait.