Collage art has always fascinated me. My earlier collecting was from renowned artists like Miss Al Simpson, Coldie and SlimeSunday. I recently collected over 100 pieces during #worldcollageweek. This deep immersion into the world of collage has been a source of constant inspiration and learning.
Now, it’s time for a new adventure. I’ve decided to dive into creating my own collage art. With experiences from curating galleries, broad use of AI tools and the Punk & Frens project, I’m curious to see how this new exploration will unfold. This series promises to be a creative playground where I’ll explore and experiment freely.
In “Constructs of Consciousness” I want to probe into the different aspects of of being human, the fragility of life and the looming AGI moment when we see the machines come to life.
The ‘Chimera’ collage was inspired by my dive into videos covering the long history of Covid-19 research. The realization of the potential dangers of viruses escaping from secure labs led to the creation of this piece. I wanted to portray this impending threat visually.
The collage features a creature that’s part virus, part mythical beast – the chimera. The center stage is occupied by two researchers in blue and red, grappling with the creature. An army of researchers, dressed in yellow hazmat suits, traverse a toxic green backdrop, reinforcing the notion of the looming danger and the creature’s power.
In ‘Sentient’, I delve deeper into the concept of consciousness. Consciousness, with all its facets like perception, pain and pleasure, emotions, desires, and awareness, offers a wide spectrum for exploration. To create this collage, I started by generating distinct images that represented each of these aspects.
The artwork comes alive by taking different pieces from these images and assembling them together to form a creature. This creature, brimming with elements of sentience, is a testament to the complexity and beauty of consciousness. It’s a visual representation of what it means to be sentient.
With ‘Cathartic Chorus’, I decided to build on from the concept explored in ‘Sentient’, focusing specifically on basic emotions. Emotions such as fear, anger, joy, and surprise are at the core of our experiences, influencing our actions and reactions.
Human reactions to emotion can be extremely varied, given that they are influenced by numerous factors such as individual differences, cultural norms, and situational contexts. Nonetheless, there are certain universal aspects to how humans respond to emotions. These reactions typically occur on multiple levels, including physiological responses, cognitive processes, and behavioral responses.
How will the machines choose to express their feelings?
As a follow up to “Cathartic Chorus”, I introduced an explosion of color in “Kaleidoscopic Souls”.
In a technical sense, color is a characteristic of visual perception that arises from the way our eyes interpret the spectral composition of light. It can be described in terms of three main characteristics: hue, saturation, and brightness.
In emotional and psychological terms, colors have been found to have an impact on our feelings and behaviors. Although these associations can be subjective and culture-specific.
Let’s ask the machine, what is your favourite colour?