Earthly Scroll, a digital edition presented by Carla Gannis exclusively on Sedition, is one of a series of works that act as “emoji translations” of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. In this work, Gannis extracted characters from the original Bosch painting and isolated them on pieces of "virtual paper" which she then animated over with "emojified versions.”
In her work, Gannis often combines art historical reference with smartphone culture, layering and splicing works from the “Canon” with contemporary imagery. This process of remixing is alternately reflective, parodic, humorous and critical, and allows imagery - and the social constructions behind that imagery - from different places and times to be compared and contrasted. Human tendencies, ideologies, or societal constructions that have ultimately not changed for centuries are at times made visible in the new and little explored language of emoji, while at other times Gannis’s mashups speak to what has changed culturally as a result of paradigm shifts, technology and cultural revolutions.