Nick Sweetman's Digital Adapatations
What are the qualities of a successful representation and how does it lead the viewer to interpret the image as plausible? The work in "Digital Adaptations" can be seen as an attempt to picture this process - as a pictorial metaphor for the role of individual visualization in seeing, interpreting and making representative images.
Each artwork in Digital Adaptations begins from an image - a photograph taken of the surface of a found object. Through various material translations, the picture is continued onto a new surface and extended beyond the boundaries of the photo into an imagined larger composition that incorporates the image seamlessly. How is plausibility achieved in representing beyond the limited field of the image?
One side of the gallery was arranged to display the objects I found, collected, examined, photographed, and elaborated upon during my thesis work. They were presented with didactic panels describing the object, as well as when, where and how each was found. Directly across from each object, on the opposite wall, was hung the mixed media artwork that it inspired, each one containing a photographic sample of the corresponding object’s surface.
The work drew on my interdisciplinary research completed in the IAMD program, which merged my painting practice and new material explorations with text-based research into aesthetic philosophy, art history, theories on cognition and the neurobiology of vision.