Riko, alone in a crowd of her fellow teens, trudges down a spiral staircase while seeming to check her phone. In this imagine, I wanted to show how the boundaries between social media and real life are blurred to the point of non-existence for people my age and younger. Riko isn't looking at her phone- she's looking at the whole world.
As Aimee Cliff said recently in Fader Magazine, “Those who have grown up with the internet know that the “online” and “real” world are inseparable: a 2014 survey by Google and Vodafone discovered that teenagers “no longer distinguish between real life and the online world.” Reality today, for most “millennials,” is online. The digital world is not a different place, but a film laid over the top of our physical lives; we find, and fall out of, love on the internet.”
Riko's pose is inspired by Marcel Duchamp's nude Descending A Staircase No.2, a modernist painting from 1912 which I rediscovered while working on this page. I thought that the painting's blurred representation of reality prefigured our digitally augmented perception of the world around us, and provided perfect source material for what I was trying to do with this page.
This piece is black and white, signed and suitable for framing.