Comprised of screens from deconstructed televisions, tablets and smart phones that cannot be industrially recycled, I created "Quench", an installation that points to our consumption of and obsession with technology. With a simple fold, I have transformed the screen into a form that suggests tears and rain.
Through working with this material, I have come to understand why we are so attracted to screens and the light that they emit: the materials that we produce for technology are exquisite. With this installation, I am proposing a work that has the elemental properties of television, tablets and smart phones without the endless information and advertisements. Surrounded by the light and material of these technologies, the viewer is invited to disconnect and experience the present moment.
I worked with Recycle Force to harvest the screens. This Indianapolis-based non-profit offers recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals.
With special thanks to:
The Arts and Humanities Institute at IUPUI
Kendall College of Art + Design at Ferris State University