"Cellular Fields” is a study on the continuous flow of life from that which is lived-in versus that which is documented. The ubiquity of documenting our lives with digital technology, which has increasingly become centralized to our personal cell phones, manifests in the uninhibited press of the record button. It is a direct result of digital storage becoming cheaper and the writing of data faster that enables us to capture moments of our lives that have even the slightest emotional significance. The immediacy of taking photos and videos has made it is easier to record moments of our lives unintentionally by the accidental touch to our cel phones’ active touch screens. As a result, it has become more troublesome to delete the unwanted images from those that are worth saving.
Superfluous images captured between these meaningful moments is the subject matter that I am exploring through a series of silkscreen prints. More specifically, I utilize a printing process traditionally used in paper based media such as magazine publications, posters, and full color images found in newspapers. The image is separated into four basic colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and “Key” or Black, more commonly known as CMYK, and printed in layers of varying densities to produce a full, continuous color image.
With this printing project I applied the laborious process of CMYK color separation towards valueless, blurry cel phone images and, in essence, attempted to “reproduce” these images in print. However, because of the indecipherability of these “accidental” digital images, accurate print reproduction becomes futile. I deliberately used this dilemma to start studying color interactions using transparency, alignment, layer order and dot angles.
Finding value in the refuse and residue of daily living is an ongoing interest in my work, and it is with this project that I have begun my approach into looking at digital dregs and debris.