Have you tried this weird trick? Make your wrinkles disappear overnight! Doctors don’t want you to know about this! A woman stares at you from your screen with big eyes. Her skin is photoshopped smooth and big red letters try to convince you to click on the ad. You know it’s nonsense and keep scrolling. As an artist, these spam ads fascinate me to no end.
In my work I explore feelings of alienation. I often don’t feel connected to my own body or my surroundings and I walk through the world like I’m dreaming. I think these feelings of disconnection are commonplace in our increasingly complicated world, which is why they form the lens through which I look at my art.
In my recent work, I’ve turned spam ads into crocheted tapestries and clothing items. By doing this, I explore the contrast between the fast-paced environment of the Internet and the tactile quality of fiber arts. The ads I use, promise all sorts of solutions to improve your life and your body. The links, however, don’t work and neither do the ‘weird tricks’. In this way, I explore the pliability of the body and its digital representations.quinnzeljak.com