THE COLLECTIVE GLITCH | 40" x 40" Archival Digital Prints on Aluminum
STATEMENT ABOUT WORK:
What defines a portrait? What makes a family? What does a hero look like? The Collective Glitch explores the idea of a collective imagery, and what would 16 different images look like when collected, deconstructed, and then woven together like the making of a tapestry.
The Collective Glitch investigates the idea of a collective image. Each image is created by utilizing photographs provided by “a collective.” The collective comprised of 16 individuals from twenty-somethings to seventy-somethings from different geographic locations and socio-economic backgrounds. I then requested 10 specific images from the collective based on emblematic words:
1. Their favorite portrait of themselves (at any age)
2. A photo that best represented their family
3. An image that represents home to them
4. An image from their favorite birthday celebration. (Could be even from someone else’s birthday. The image could have been from childhood)
5. An image representing their greatest disappointment or tragedy
6. An image that best represents “fear”.
7. An image from one of their favorite moments in life
8. An image that represents hope.
9. What does a hero look like?
Some were images they personally photographed, some were images they pulled off the internet, and some were from personal family archives, however, all the images were personal and intimate to them. I deconstruct each image into a vertical version of Morse code. Utilizing the universal language of Morse code as a visual matrix to merge multiple data sources together, I then weave the code from all 16 images digitally back together to create a single, compressed image. The resulting image is an amalgamation of all 16 people’s images. Once combined asking the question, in today’s society, is this what portrait/family/home/birthday/tragedy/fear/moment/hope/hero look like?