precision and cuteness (かわいいね)

I've been thinking about personalities, personas, and the psychology of cuteness. I feel as if the delicate quality of pencil lends itself well to a cute aesthetic.

Relevant posts from my research/art school thoughts blog: being cute on the internet, what IS seapunk画像上の言葉 = word on the picture


Print Me

Stemming from my scanner adventures and my general obsession with the recording of the self in minuscule ways, I wanted to do this thing, playing with the idea of projected personality and identity online through collages made from printed scans and "dumb internet comments" (that's the technical term).
A textural mix of the analogue and digital is achieved through three stages:
  1. Scanning. I'm used to scanning my face as part of a long term project (attempting to be lifelong, infact). It's a way of taking my physical self and transferring that, momentarily, into a digital image.
  2. Printing. Printing out these scans immediately adds a texture via the lines of ink placement and the texture of the paper. Interesting effects can occur when printer ink is running low. Here it has added a soft pink to images that were originally black and white. I'm trying to mix analogue and digital media by printing out scanned images and re-scanning those images, thus creating a loop of digital transference. 
  3. Collage. The subsequent collage phase changes the physicality of those initial digital images further by tearing and layering tangible prints, adding to the analogue distortion which took place during printing, and in a sense solidifying the image in the physical world. The addition of comments pasted over the collages creates a perception of some sort of narrative, although perhaps one which we only have a glimpse of, as they seem part of a conversation. It is probably more powerful due to the absence of a complete conversation or context, as the viewer can imagine where the comments might have stemmed from. This is appropriate as a study of online communication as it is easy to stumble upon bits and pieces of public correspondence that don't make up full conversations, perhaps due to sections being deleted or hidden, whether immediately or over time (which takes us back to the concept of decay).

1. Scanning.

2: Printing.

3: Collage.