Digital Image Triptych (.TIFF)
Edition 1 + 1 AP
If you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. In this special tableau from Stacie Ant’s archive, the artist presents a three-image triptych that evokes the myth of Narcissus. As a lone figure gazes into an early-model television, she moves closer and closer to a humanoid figure that is seemingly trapped inside the screen. The two figures reach out to each other, attempting to bridge a gap between realities to meet one another incarnate. In the pixelated glow, the new flesh on the other side of the screen glistens appealingly with a silicone-pumped sheen and a whispered promise of transhuman expansion. Occupying the gaze from both sides, the viewer both stares into and becomes the abyss.
Stacie Ant is a new media artist based in Berlin. Ant draws on her experiences as a female artist while developing the critical views of our technologically-saturated contemporary society that inform her work. Using video, installation, and performance, Ant reinvents elements of contemporary culture through fictional, maximalist narratives. Her character-driven work uses satire to critique and reject the male gaze, within a modern context of digital accelerationism & immersion. She harnesses the tools of a technologically-dependent world to empower female identity and sexuality.