We glue our eyes to our gadgets, bombarded, over-stimulated, worn-down, our fingers always moving, more and more out of touch. We forget, we are always forgetting. Do you even remember the last time you walked around without your leash? We go day by day seeking that instant high from digital likes, false interactions. As our flesh decomposes, as we poison our world, what do we gain? We continue feeling disjointed, disconnected and more dead inside. By increasing our digital reality this has created echo chambers that distort perspectives making us look for witches to burn. My work strives to create its own echo chamber, but a beautiful one that embraces transcendence. We lack physical momentum, ignoring our body and minds and continue feeding our AI addictions. We are slipping, constantly surveilled, we have lost control of ourselves.
This new portfolio touches on various forms that become metaphysical with the multiplication and manipulation of imagery based off actual 2-D and 3-D artworks. The goal is to seek beauty in chaotic, overwhelming, digital spaces; to find unknown worlds locked inside our imagination and beyond. This work explores the mind’s capability to reflect our longing for space exploration and discovery with exciting color theory spectrums inspired by kaleidoscopes and Rorschach tests. This mixed collaborative portfolio sheds light on what happens when creative minds merge, a growing art practice that is yet to still be accepted in the world of “fine” art. As artists come together through collaborative collisions, they build community. We give up some of that ego, share ideas, strive to challenge each other, and add to the cultural capital of an increasingly digital world. This is the start to a new direction and was demonstrated in a recent exhibition, Image + Object at the Chicago Art Department that took place April 13-20 2018. An exciting new transmission as I continue my roles as artist/curator/educator and wish to start a nomadic community gallery in the near future and am seeking financial support. My focus is on traveling spaces that reach out to emerging artists and supports collaborative practices in various urban neighborhoods through open call short term exhibitions in alternative spaces.
-Mary J. Saran
(Edited By: Andrew Urban)