MDF, plexiglass, 3-D lenticulars
90" x 90" x 45"
"I have grown up with the digital revolution, experiencing our society's transformation from computer illiteracy to device dependency. The effects of advancing technologies on human interactions have always been of interest to me. I am currently working to create a visual archive of the emotional and physical ramifications of this information revolution. My work questions our reliance on digital aids in everyday life, and asks what these changes mean for future generations.
I am drawn to photography and digital media because it allows me to combine reality with fantasy. I create scenarios evoked by an ambivalent reliance on the very technology that enables me to create my art. Lenticulars allow me to interlace multiple photographs together to create the effect of motion. Through these mechanical movements I explore gestures and simplified interactions.
My images are greatly influenced by the way media presents new innovations as desirable and progressive. I see a future consumed by technology as potentially sterile, lonely, and monotonous. In most of my work, I create costumes and use myself as a model. This allows me to experience my fantasies and fears first hand. I am influenced by the array of iPod cords on the subway, cafes filled with singles connected to their laptops, couples walking together but in different cell phone worlds, and the repetition of our everyday routine. My intent is to create seemingly perfect, hyper-real images that explore the dichotomy that digital devices may create, and how this affects our everyday life." - Margeaux Walter.
Margeaux Walter is an artist born in Seattle, Washington, and now living in New York City. She studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and Hunter College. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Nohra Haime Gallery and Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York, as well as group shows at the Tacoma Art Museum, Sonoma County Museum, Montalvo Art Center, and Griffin Museum. In 2009, the Magenta Foundation chose her as a top emerging photographer in the United States; and she was awarded Juror's Choice at the Butler Institute of American Art's National Midyear Exhibition. In 2013, she was selected to be a part of the MFA Biennial at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Post, Seattle Times, Boston Globe and Scene Magazine. She has been awarded artist in residence programs at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China (2011), and the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA (2012).