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posted on 03.01.2012, 00:00 authored by Daniel Baird
"My practice is characterized by a critical engagement with technological objects, materials and ideas that allude to associations of progress, time and preservation. By researching these various associations within the scientific field I create works that call into question our connection to the technology that surrounds us. Quest, a scaled-down replica of the International Space Station's 'Quest Joint Airlock', was created to fit the dimensions of a child. The airlock functions as a 'front-door' for the station and can be likened to a physical embodiment of transcendence between the built world and nothingness. I invited a child to embrace this object meant for inhospitable space by adorning their own depictions of the natural world on the surface. The expansiveness of childhood fantasy became grafted in compelling contrast upon one of the most advanced technological objects ever created. The child 's embracing of the object meant for space exploration alludes to the enthusiasm once held for exploring the final frontier in the Space Race while simultaneously suggesting a new found visionary creativity"


University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College


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Entry 2011 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library, April 13-May 30, 2011.

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