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Courtney Egan

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

I electronically forge the still-life tradition of botanicals with current technology, to create subtly impossible tableaus. Video projection of manipulated flower and plant imagery falls on walls, floors and sculptural elements, and can be activated with a sensor. These realistic yet conspicuously constructed composites place the viewer in navigation between ones memories of the natural world, and a new, mediated experience of a plant or flower.

That humans experience nature more frequently, through the glass of the computer or television, unsettles and inspires me. I find it a fundamental irony that the closer humans get to the perception of nature, as mediated by a technological lens, the farther we get from direct experience. There’s a sublimity that results from the convergence of technology with what we consider the natural. I am intrigued by how lens- and technology-based experiences of the natural world can be enjoyable, illuminating, disturbing, and ethically challenging.

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