Meet Ida. I had been wanting to create some sort of monstrosity with a machine or device in combination with some human appendages and/or organs with an image. I just like the idea of creating new combinations of organic life, cybernetic life, and even immaterial life forms. I suppose this preference is associated with mosaicism, and chimerism. I hadn’t realized that the terms “mosaic” and “chimera” were related. And, furthermore, I had no idea that both of those terms have to do with biology. I thought that a chimera only referred to a beast from Greek mythology, and mosaics were from the Byzantine empire during the descent of the Roman empire. Mosaicism comes from the idea of cells and how cells on organisms create mosaic patterns. Chimerism obviously comes from the idea of combining multiple different animals and species into one beast. The mythological chimera is an example.
As you can see, I keep on pushing my Wrecked Tangles idea to the fullest extent that I can take it. It’s an attempt to prove to myself and the world that one or two of the most basic shapes–the circle and the square–can be used in near infinite combinations; sometimes with surprising results. I use certain techniques, however, to give a visual metaphor to this style for these series in order to help myself and my audience link them together with, hopefully, not too much confusion.
There is an eyeball inserted into a picture of a heavy duty flash-light. The eyeball was an image I obtained off of the internet, while the flashlight is an image I cut out from a magazine and pasted onto a primed piece of cardboard. The woman’s legs were also cut out from a magazine. I’m fulfilling, again, my notion of mosaicism, chimerism, and also hybridization. The idea of hybrid comes in because our culture is in the process of switching over from paper-based means of education, communication, and documentation to electronic means. This conflict manufactured by the societal push into more advanced computerization of human life allows me to use any media I want in order to create all kinds of new and wild ideas.