In these prints I use photography and digital collage to create ornate patterns from disassembled electronic objects. This manipulation aestheticizes and abstracts the images in a way similar to the change that products undergo through their marketing and design. From a distance, the photographic prints are easily understood as repeating shapes and colors. Stepping closer, the substance of the images are revealed to be an innumerable network of parts.
In response to working in an electronics store warehouse, I began disassembling electronic objects to investigate their many component parts. Taking apart complex objects strips away cultural associations and reveals the materiality of the separate pieces. In this video, I repeat the action of pressing one of these ink covered parts onto a roll of receipt paper. As the action continues, the paper accumulates into a pile, mirroring the process of production.
Species such as crows, magpies, and raccoons are compelled to collect objects that posses shiny or metallic qualities such as paperclips, bottle caps, and aluminum foil. Throughout history, humans also posses the desire to own glimmering objects such as diamonds, gems, gold, and silver, based on their aesthetic qualities. By owning and distributing these natural resources, people assign symbols of power and wealth that are not inherently present in these items.
Some of the photographs in this series depict the light reflecting off objects like gum wrappers, safety pins, and can tabs through an out of focus lens. The subject of the remaining prints are a collection of jewelry also photographed through an out of focus lens. With the materials indistinguishable, these images appeal to basic sensual instincts.