My artwork is an interactive multimedia sculpture, incorporating digital components into a sculptural form. A digital environment is projected down on the freestanding sculpture, changing as the audience approaches, like sunlight through foliage. My inspiration came from my passion for plants, which started with a bonsai tree that was gifted to me and grew from there, until I had an entire indoor garden of potted plants. I ended up with a miniature simulation of the natural world inside my own home.
The artwork I created from this inspiration looks like a tree, but it’s not real. It is made of steel and Styrofoam, meticulously shaped to be aesthetically pleasing, like a bonsai. But, because the sculpture is just an imitation, people respond to it differently. I want to see if it’s possible to appreciate the sculpture for the natural forms it is emulating while also mourn what it will never be. There’s so little actual wildness left in nature, so can it even be called natural anymore? When humans cut away all the parts of nature we don’t like, what are we left with but a sad imitation? I want people to see what is and what could happen to nature if the current course continues, so it can be avoided.
The work itself is installed alone in a small room, allowing me more fine-tuned control of the environment it lives in, such as lighting and what direction people approach from. Like my indoor garden, it is a natural element removed from nature for human enjoyment.
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Steel, styrofoam, latex mixture (latex caulking, joint compound, latex paint)