Reverse Mortification, 2008
Rapid-prototype printed sculpture, ABS solid core plastic, wood/plexiglass case, diptych
8 x 3 x 6 in / 20.3 x 7.6 x 15.2 cm, each
15 x 15.5 x 13 in / 38.1 x 39.4 x 33 cm, case
Mortifications is a series of heavy plastic figurines output from a Rapid Prototype machine. Individual 3D computer models are produced via a process normal to industrial manufacturing. In the Mortifications, a realistic model of a nude is digitally “mutilated” and subjected to irregular and apparently organic deformations. By creating forms that evoke decay out of non-biodegradable ABS plastic, using a process intended to produce prototypes for mass production, the Mortifications propose a digital Baroque. Related to the intentions of the historical Baroque, the emotionally expressive, personal style of this imagery is intended to breathe irregularity and life into a conformist techno/consumer culture.