Artifact / Artifice: The Excavation (2012)

In Artifact|Artifice: The Excavation illustrations from an archeological study in Illinois are enlarged and printed on felt, fabricated into new “artifacts” that share the visual likeness but not the intended use value or historical testimony of the objects they reference. Old technology—represented by renderings of arrowheads and other lithic objects used as tools (as well as the processes of felting and screen printing)--are confronted by new technology--animated GIFs on digital photo frames. The fabricated artifacts become representations of representations, cast into a realm without historicity. The intended utility of the iconic objects are forsaken in favor of the proliferation of myth.

Artifact/Artifice includes three animated GIFs played on Digital Photo Frames. Each GIF re-contextualizes appropriated archeological imagery; no longer restricted to their historic function, these artifacts are free to take on new roles as animate objects.