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Sophie Kahn
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: "Every point of contact between a body and its media extension marks the site of some secret burial."Ě - Laurence Rickels, Aberrations of Mourning My work addresses the resonances of death in the still image. It owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, and the collision of the body with imaging technology. I combine cutting-edge means of reproduction, like 3d laser scanning and 3d printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. Using damaged 3d data, I create sculptures and video works that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials.¬† The precise 3d scanning technology I use was never designed to capture the body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating a 3d ‚Äėmotion blur‚Äô. From these scans, I create videos or 3d printed molds for bronze sculptures. The resulting sculptures bear the artifacts of all the digital processes they have been though. The scanning and 3d printing process strips color and movement from the body, leaving behind only traces of its form ‚Äď a scan of the face resembles nothing more than a digital death mask. I scan my own body frequently, but what I end up with is a series of digital doppelgangers with a (n after-) life of their own. These scans, realized as life-size 3d printed statues and installed in darkened rooms as a damaged ancient artifact might be, serve as a incomplete memorials to the body as it moves through time and space.¬† I work with this deathly imagery not because I want to be morbid, but because I am interested in the ways that technology can fail to capture life ‚Äď and what the poetics of that failure might look like.
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