Faults Difficult to Remedy 

Talena Sanders

2016

 

 

Faults Difficult to Remedy

 Vanitas still life paintings of the 16th and 17th century served as reminders of the fleetingness of life. They featured almost obscenely sensual depictions of lush fruits and vegetables and rich material goods, grounded and justified by a moralistic Christian symbolism: your collection of material goods will no longer have meaning when you meet death.

In these collages and gifs, source images bear the marks of time, wear, utility, materiality, decay. Seeing and seen people inhabit composited spaces on the edge of ruin. Fixed images and records of histories become unfixed in re-contextualizing layers of products, symbols, associations, media traces and glitches. Husks of desires become vehicles of memory and nostalgia. 

The hybridity of these pieces stands as an attempt to balance the tensions between the two poles of the hyper high res present tense and more material, embodied media long and loudly declared obsolete. Medium specificity dissolves through analog materiality translated and composited into data – a new ephemerality toward a possible eternity. The internet is forever. Maybe. Memento mori – our old and new media will likely live beyond us in some form of pixels, reuse, parts or pollution.





Talena Sanders

 

 

 

TALENA SANDERS