In an age where technology has somewhat blurred our perception of reality, Shawn Smith works his magic within a box to help us see outside the box. This paradoxically materialistic sculptor has won acclaim by building a series of intricate 3D art sculptures that represent 2D Pixel images of different objects in nature. He mostly works with plywood, which is dyed with ink and acrylic paint to create illusory forms that look like something out of this digital world. Check out what Shawn has to say about his work.
My conceptual and material practice explores identity, color, labor, technology, and science. As an object maker, I am interested in relating these concepts back to the symbiotic connection between the hand and the “thing.” This relationship is a basic principle in the development of the modern human–biologically, technologically, culturally, and scientifically. I am fascinated by the importance of the “thing” in our history and how this relationship is changing with technology, as we become more removed from first hand experience by observing the world through a screen.