I use borrowed visuals, text, graphics and audio downloaded from the Internet which are then archived on my hard drive and reworked over time. Through a process of continual sampling/recycling/layering new connections evolve between the diverse elements of media images, Internet text/graphics and smart phone photos.
Today’s constant saturation of images and information via 24/7 perpetual news media and the continually updating Web, where one image/ blog post/ Tweet etc. is rapidly replaced by the next, is a central theme running through my practice. Working within the fluidity and interconnectedness of digital media acts as a catalyst to evolve new ideas – Digital space becomes an extension to my own thinking space where ideas gradually emerge through process and via the amalgamation of various visual information.
Different open-source, free and off-the shelf programs are used in experimental ways which often go against their intended purpose. I also tend to work within just small corners of each program, discovered after many hours playing with different tools. Serendipity offered by the medium is pivotal and inspired by the alchemy of previous lithography and etching practice in printmaking.
Practice includes video, 3d animation, GIFs, code-based work and large format digital prints. I am currently working on a new multi-layered video project exploring real and imaginary cities/spaces, 3d models and online mapping apps such as Google Earth.
Sandra Crisp, March 2015