Beyond what limits does the medium of light lead you in your artistic work?
The medium of light is extremely important in my artistic practice; it facilitates the transposition of my drawings across different sites enabling me to interact, modify and reconfigure them in new ways. Using over-head projectors, I project acetate scans of my drawings into spaces and work back into them site-specifically, obscuring sections of the projection bed and using various media to alter the overall effect of light. I am interested in the way in which the drawings are transformed through their magnification and transition from paper to room, in particular how these changes affect the development of the expanded drawings. I think of this process as a cybernetic system whereby the work develops through a process of human-material engagement and feedback. Liberating the drawings from the constraints of their original media, i.e. paper, ink, pro-marker and graphite, by translating them into the medium of light, affords them a new kind of agency. No longer limited by material constraints, the projected image can affect any object it encounters. I am interested in the productive effects of difference created through these material encounters, specifically diffraction phenomena resulting from the layering of drawings on the projection bed, and the interference of objects within the projected image. Over-head projectors afford immediacy in alterations of these images. By covering sections of the projection bed, or layering acetate prints, the projected image is immediately changed, with digital projectors the alteration of the image is always mediated by a computer.
photos: Amba Sayal-Bennett, “Maugham”, Drawing Projection, Tape, Foam, Mount Board