Re-Things

Shawn Smith's avatar Shawn Smith

My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology. My sculptures represent pixelated animals and objects of nature. I call them "Re-Things." I find images of my subjects online and then create 3D sculptural representations of these 2D images. I cut and dye each piece of wood individually with dyes mixed from ink and acrylic paint. I mix each color by hand in order to create depth and visual interest before assembling the object. I build my objects pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. I am fascinated by the importance of the "thing" in our history and how this relationship is changing with technology, as we become more removed from first hand experience by observing the world through a screen.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
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  • Medium: Wood, ink, acrylic paint
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  • Year created: 2011
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