The intention for this piece is to ask the viewer to examine the line that is
becoming continuously more blurry between man and machine. Navigation, communication, organization and entertainment are examples of everyday tasks that seemingly now require a form of technology. More specifically, cell phones, are the replacement of human imagination when boredom or a dull moment strikes, hindering our capability to actively think alone.
By choosing to make a mosaic out of cell phones, a juxtaposition is created between the historical tradition of mosaics, and the modernity of technology. Mosaics were made in the past to depict human activity in everyday life, I wanted my imagery to serve more as a reflection of who we are and how we function in everyday life.The materials traditionally used for mosaics ranged anywhere from glass pieces to marble, the Byzantines would even paint gold leaf onto their glass pieces, treating each piece as an item of high value. By using cell phones as the tessera, or the material used for each tile, I am commenting on the materials of today, as well as objects that we value, by relating them back to the gold leaf and marble used in the past.
This series’ purpose is to explore the relationship that we have with not only our cell phones, but our technology as a whole, as well as bring to light the transformation from amenity to necessity that our technology has undergone.