“Born out of wild and natural surroundings, our senses developed to pick up subtle and nuanced cues that were contingent for survival. We now divide our time between real, physical existence and the electronic space of media consumption. Distracted and mesmerized, we contend with highly sensitive receptors that are overloaded with amplified and distorted stimulation.
“As an image maker, I try to make sense of this situation where daily life is a constant negotiation of the quiet, dense sensuality of the real that is suffocated by the synthetic and constructed media sphere. Through painterly discourse, I use various conventions of painting, photography and digital outputs to generate imagery and syntax that display the entanglement of human biology and culture in both how we see and construct meaning.”—Todd McDonald