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Peter McNelis

Foundation Diploma Art and Design | Class of 2020

4-7-8-Infinity

“A sudden loss of resolution reminds us of the material conditions of possibility that allow for that specific image to be recorded, processed, stored and visualised” – Antonio Somaini.

One of my favourite qualities of art is its ability to identify aesthetic beauty in the mundane. To begin this project, I looked to Robert Rauschenberg’s ‘combine’ work as a great example of this quality. Rauschenberg’s work with found objects and media transplants “the detritus of human life” from discarded trash into a fine art context, and thus into ‘high culture’ status. My aim for this project was to explore these ideas using contemporary source material and media, primarily that of the internet, and the aesthetics of glitching technology. I chose to investigate the proliferation of ‘wellness’ cultures online after the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, and how these digital ‘safe spaces’ can commodify people’s anxiety.

Peter McNelis / Foundation Art and Design / University of Sunderland
Peter McNelis / Foundation Art and Design / University of Sunderland
Peter McNelis / Foundation Art and Design / University of Sunderland
Peter McNelis / Foundation Art and Design / University of Sunderland