Bronze with black patina.
The introduction of 3D printing into my art practice was a way of exploring fragments of the body through digital technology. My fascination with the skeletal system was a response to an acquired brain injury I experienced in 2013. By understanding the body’s fragility and exploring it through art, I could better understand myself after the accident.
The Spine Fragment was designed from a 3D print of my spine. The CT scan was from the night of the accident when I acquired a brain injury. 3D printing data of a section of the spine of my living body drew the conversation to the living rather than the study of bones acquired after death.
Bones are breakable; cast metal is less fragile. The material choice creates a point of contrast through the bronze casting process. It relates to my exploration and working through my understanding of the temporality of life after an accident.
The mirrored plinth of the sculpture creates a surrealist element to the artwork. The mirror has a screen-like quality. I wanted to create a presentation of this artwork that referenced its origins as a digital file first seen in a two-dimensional way, reflecting a three-dimensional object in reality.
- Lonsdale Gallery Toronto. Interiority Group Show 2018