Look Up (2023)

As we scroll through our screens and plug in our headphones, we immediately isolate ourselves from the world around us. Through my piece “Look Up”, I attempt to critique this notion of the virtual world increasingly consuming people’s lifestyles. In my piece, I stuck black and white photo-copied stock images of people on their phones in physical spaces around the USC campus. The printed photos consisted of multiple A4 sized paper in order to pose the individual to be close to life-size. The method of photo-copying was intentional as I wanted to utilize the rather analog method of digitization and emphasize the flatness of the individual. The process of bringing a two-dimensional element into a three-dimensional real world acted as social commentary on how we are losing our humanistic qualities the more we are involving ourselves in the development of technology. Essentially, we are becoming flat and dull like these paper figures.