I paint cyber nudes to understand our black-boxed living experience of flesh. This series investigates our embodied engagement with technology while demonstrating our capacity for mimesis, confluence, intersectionality, and mutation. I aim to render technological artifacts as conscious and persuasive. Each painting asks the audience to imagine what the tech is proxy for; does the device represent community, task, tool, prosthetic, or property? The series supports the mystification of technological artifacts, while simultaneously encourages intimate investigation. #CharkasForEngineers envisions a desirable and democratic future where society and technology are closely entwined to liberate all people.
Technology is mimesis, the capability of imitating the human condition with such exactitude that it has become synonymous with the skin, the flesh, the vital organs of human bodies. Artificial life becomes the performance of real life. Distinguishing between skin and machine, thus becomes difficult. Jaimie Smith-Windsor, The Cyborg Mother (2004)