Shawn Smith images  about news  contact
bio cv statement video books

My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology.  I grew up in a large city only experiencing the natural world through computers and television screens.  With my work, I create three-dimensional sculptural representations of two-dimensional images of nature I find online.  I build my objects pixel by pixel with hand-cut, hand-dyed strips of wood in an overtly laborious process in direct contrast to the slipperiness and speed of the digital world. Through this process of pixelation, details become distilled, distorted, or deleted. I am interested in how each pixel plays an important role in the identity of the object, the same way each cell plays a crucial role in the identity of an organism. As species decline and fade into memory, so many animals and organisms now have a stronger presence in the digital world than in the natural world.