Meg Mitchell, Space is Language is Space
This piece combines text gleaned from a google search with a modular space frame. The google search was run to complete the sentences “Space is…” and “Language is…” The nature of the google search creates an allegedly non-discriminatory body of data that is at times humorous, profound, self-referential and self-contradictory. A processing script was used to distribute the text into approximately 5,000 unique laser cut components with a custom typeface of SVG objects for single line laser cut letters.
Born in 1979 when Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” was at the top of the pop charts, Meg’s Mitchell early childhood years were spent listening to the operatic and choral performances of family and playing video games with teenage boys. Mitchell discovered her penchant for artistic expression as a child through theater and dance, then as an adult through photography and sculpture. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of South Florida in 2005 and an MFA in New Genres from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008. Mitchell has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions, at venues such as the Museum for Applied Art in Vienna, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Conner Contemporary, the DC Art Center and the International Waldkunst Zentrum in Germany. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Art Papers, Art in America and the Washington Post. In 2012, she was awarded an Expanded Artist’s Book grant from Columbia College Chicago for her upcoming project in collaboration with Denise Bookwalter, “Rain/fall,” a data driven artist’s book and mobile application.
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