I like to think about reality and simulacra in the internet age as then and now. Then being everything before a conscious awakening and now being anything between consciousness and reading this. The image is an arranged landscape divided into thirds from right to left, similar to a timeline. I tried my best not to use square images, cutting out only the important objects or symbols. My image uses little to no negative space, somewhat of a sensory overload. All the images are different sizes and I used layer arrangement to embed smaller objects into any negative space. From the left, the image is very warm and almost soft. The middle has much sharper edges, and texture and all the images are black and white. Off on the right of the image, things are much brighter with a mixture of textures. Using more layering techniques I recreated an uncanny image we see daily.
I had some ideas like looking at how art and communication have evolved over time. Like, Elliott Hundley, I want to make an abstract collage similar to his with lots of little embedded things in the large space. Using symbols that are nostalgic and familiar to represent a timeline of how art and communication have evolved. In a larger context, this piece touches on the changes in what colors are chosen and how we used only natural pigments but now we have simulated chemical colors. The form relates to reading the piece right to left like a timeline, and the content is grouped by different eras in human history to help present an evolution. I am choosing images based on representations of different eras in society, things like the pyramids for ancient life and Snapchat for the present day. I encourage the viewer to engage with the collage, drawing connections between the various images.
Baca, Will, "Uncanny Evolution" (2023). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 569.