I.D.

Elise Schierbeek's avatar Elise Schierbeek

Love was portrayed by poets of old as a Neo-Platonic transcendence of the physical. Today's relationships in the cyber sense of self have cast a paradoxical shadow under that spiritual sense of self, at once distracting from it and pointing to it. The grid of modern internet and phone data is home to a lot of communicated affection. Under its pretense of giving, social media fosters a need to be heard and then affirmed. It bridges distance, exposes commonality, lifts the burden of in-person relations, remakes us. The existence of social media relies not only on the need for efficient platforms, but also on a hunger for egoic identity. I was inspired by a strangling of true identity, tension between modern communication's high effectiveness and its darker depths of distance as it relates to emotion. Technology will intensify romantic or platonic experiences as well as hinder them through inherent distance. "I.D." is a reaction to the intangible threading of human psyche with "the grid".

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0.75 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic paint
  • Width: 12.5 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 6 feet