Pins & Needles

This body of work explores the language of abstraction and the difficulties, also failures, in translating ideas from man to machine. Boyd’s delicate hand-drawn line works are digitized and run through a custom image compression program, pixilating the image beyond recognition. The image is then sent through an embroidery formatting software that attempts to translate the simple 2D digital file into a complex, thread-based object. The results are beautiful, impromptu abstractions that are systematically made by a logic-based machine. I’m essentially trying to teach his sewing machine to think and react like a painter.

This works is made possible by The Eben Demarest Trust Award given by The Pittsburgh Foundation.