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Elaine Gan, Artist

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I’m a sucker for fragmentation in art work. Displacement, imagined worlds, and elements of morphology (urban morphology) all collide in Elaine Gan’s work. It’s not an easy task to pull from a multitude of cultures and sub-cultures to create a cohesive and well executed visual landscape of diverse imagery. Gan’s approach to creating visual representations within a western frame is captivating in that you are drawn into multiple viewings. With increasing globalization of goods and services, her work is relevant and forces the viewer to look at our interconnectedness but not only to each other but to the very things that create our environment and ideologies and how we’re affected by social constructs in order to thrive and survive. Please visit Gan’s site by clicking on the Rise Child (Stirrings) image above and view her video work below. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Photos from artist’s website

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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