Crystal balls, mirrors (convex, concave and black),
and darkness. Optical tools of divination.
I started scanning after seeing scannography done by others. Initially, I thought it would be an interesting means of presenting my 3-d paper art; subsequently, it proved to be even better than I had expected. The parts placed flat on the scanner screen are presented in attentive detail, while the background (the sheet of paper with parts cut out) blurs, giving the work a mysterious, nocturnal effect.
Soon I began scanning objects. Scanning nails, nuts, bolts, and other found objects , I use these rusty remains primarily as lines in a drawing. Scanning allows the viewer to focus on the objects' intricate rusty textures, while simultaneously distancing and muting parts of them.
In addition to working with found objects, I also create objects for scanning using gesso, ashes, coffee grains, salt, and earth. I am often surprised at the powerful aspect these rather delicate objects acquire in the scanning process.
Another aspect of scanning is the ephemerality of the still representation as captured in the photo. Once scanned, it is removed from the screen. Unrepeatable, its tri-dimensionality is translated and recorded as a flat image. The scanning process thus allows me to use the scanner’s attributes as well as its limitations in defamiliarizing objects and depicting them anew.