Extractive Logics, 2020, Rives BFK (Grey) with compressed charcoal rubbed into it. Additional hand drawing with black and white conte. A series of charcoal works combining hand-drawn imagery with laser engraved photographs.
CUTTING/ENGRAVING TIME: Various. Average of 10-20 minutes per photograph.
FILE PREPARATION: Photographic images were resized and resampled in photoshop. All images were 600 DPI, at various sizes. Colour images were first desaturated, converted to greyscale, and inverted. No other adjustments were made.
SETTINGS USED: All images use the Stucki halftone setting, 600 DPI, and photo-optimized mode.
All images were engraved at 100% Velocity, at between 25 and 40% power. Images were sequentially overlapped and engraved individually, some with multiple passes.
CONCEPTUAL REASONING FOR USING THE LASER CUTTER: A crux of my MFA research is the intimately interconnected relationship between physical and virtual experiences in contemporary life. Tangent to this is an investigation of human/AI relationships and interactions, and entangled human/machine agencies more generally. I was interested in working with the engraver as a drawing tool, and incorporating its affordances in mark-making alongside my own.