By using 3d print and 3d scan technologies I document organic, physical flowers and follow the process of transformation into digital files.
Since a flower is a complex multilayered morphological structure, with concealments, transparencies and very thin surfaces it challenges these technologies and sharpens the ability to discern the unique gestures of “naturalness” created from the relationship between function, structure, material and form.
From an industrial perspective, the printed results I received failed and were perceived by industry/printing services as “broken”. From my viewpoint the print was maybe altered but the holes and leaf skeleton were closer to an original natural expression than what I could get from a perfect printed flower.
Observing the fragility of the printed surfaces I felt empathy. Why did it trigger empathy? And what makes it important ? The imperfect surfaces may resemble our own ephemeral nature placing the printed matter into a speculative sphere of questions- how printed materials can trigger our senses in the future? Can they grow old gracefully?