PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Burning Bright
Shawn Smith’s work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, he is interested in how we experience nature through technology. Within his work, Smith creates three-dimensional sculptural representations of two-dimensional images of nature. Building objects pixel by pixel, this meticulous process directly contrasts the slipperiness and speed of the digital world. Through this process of pixelation, details become distilled, distorted, or deleted. 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.