Relay: The Blood Selfie
With a lone carton of orange juice and biscuits here and there, Ted Lawson sat for hours as blood from his veins siphoned into the ink tube of an augmented digital printer. Diligently, the brush took to work, elegantly etching a nude self-portrait of Lawson for the sake of the selfie and fine art.
His current series of works collectively titled The Map Is Not The Territory have been exploring Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines in artistic creation, and this particular piece was the final installation.
Tweaking a CNC machine to function with blood instead of standard ink was the inspiration behind his self-portrait. He stated there were a couple of challenges in the creation of the vector-based piece that needed to be addressed, including how to keep the paper from curling when the blood saturated the paper.
When asked about its artistic message, he stated that “by creating a self portrait, the work references other culturally symbolic ideas to do with narcissism and inward thinking – the essence of the “selfie”, which is clearly having its moment.”
The piece has received mixed reviews, with some enraptured and others disgusted by the macabre idea. If you’re in the New York area, you can see Ted Lawson’s exhibition of works yourself from September 11th to October 4th at the Joseph Gross Gallery, located at 548 W. 28th Street.
Original Article: Dezeen