And It Was Done
Still Image, 4096 x 2160 pixels, 2016 About the work: In the fall of 2013 I began work on the project "The Garden of Emoji Delights," an “emoji transcription" of Hieronymus Bosch’s enduring triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights." I have produced 2D and 3D prints and numerous moving image works inspired by the 3 inner panels. However this new work “And It Was Done” is a translation of the triptych in its closed position, a nod to 2016 being the 500 year anniversary of Bosch’s death. Bosch painted the outer panels in grisaille, a technique of painting in shades of neutral grayish colors. When the panels are closed, a transparent planet-like sphere is revealed with God hovering above in the left corner of the composition. This work has been interpreted as either a depiction of the Flood, or the third day in the creation of the world. There is an inscription along the top that can be translated: “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” In my version, I have extended the scene into a panoramic 4K aspect ratio that allows for the inclusion of other celestial and machine bodies. Hybrid organisms, for example a “bunny cam” and an “octoplasma screen” inhabit the anthropomorphized central planet, along with various forms of vegetation and a scattering of human artifacts. I’ve chosen a Walter Benjamin quote as my re-inscription.