DIGITAL SCANS

Flatbed scanning is a regular occurrence in the collage process used in tandem with the paintings as they are planned and constructed. Images of interest often go through a destructive process of scanning, editing, hand embellishing and reworking until it is finally referenced in paint. As an object, the flatbed scanner is interesting because it forms a playing field where many of the themes of my practise as a whole come together and juxtapose. That of: the interaction of physical and virtual, as well as the portrayal of an interesting type of hybrid space.

A lens through which to read the space can be found in ‘Freefall: a thought experiment on vertical perspective’ by Hito Steyerl. This piece of writing takes us on a journey through advancements in our use of perspective from classic linear perspective through to the common areal perspectives of today’s drones and satellite imagery. The scanning bed simultaneously records from below with vertical perspective and moves from side to side. Unlike objects recorded by a camera in perspectival space, objects placed on the scanner are all recorded in one flat view, which is transposable with a painted picture plane. Within this series of experiments, the scanning bed interacts with every day banal objects as well as hands and faces, magazine pages, paint and screens. As objects are moved in the scanner, the recording device and bright light shines and tracks the movement, resulting in warps and glitches.