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mixed media on paper, 2018

Access to new tools and materials allows diverse experiments and practices. Even an accidental or a small discovery inspires creative thoughts. Accessibility to technology in the late nineteenth century provided artists to apply digital and coding methods on their aesthetic experiments. Now living in an environment of advanced technology, countless observation and creation are possible because of the application of rapidly grown technology. Mobile phones, which originally existed for the sole use of communication through verbal language, is now useless without removing other functions such as cameras, touch screens, or the internet for downloading music. Communication through photographs and moving images is now a daily conversation, as well as posting images to the social network system in order to interact with others through the internet server. The reproduction of an image, as in taking a photograph or video, affected the ways of documentation and communication. Not only did the impact applied to our daily lives, but also it has definitely influenced art and artists.

Going back to the earlier stage, mechanical production and reproduction became possible because of the introduction of camera obscura, printing technology, and other visualization devices. Accessibility to images became easier for society and the way people reproduced images altered and simplified. If hand drew paintings and drawings of a still life or landscape was the initial method of replicating an image, it is now possible to not only copy the exact duplication on to a two-dimensional surface but also making a three-dimension replica is as easy to print on a piece of paper.

Besides the comparison of traits of digital and human-created variation, I have also noticed that because of the circulation of time, it was possible to revisit a certain place at the same time. The location where the photograph is taken is layered with numerous memories. The natural traits of time, creating a layer of memory on top of the layer that has been made previously, eventually form a distinctive variation. The link between the concept of variations with the human memory system and the machine seemed to be the passage to identifying the equivalent and distinctive features.