Photography & Media
McKella Beddies (American, b. 2000) works in photography, media, and digital art and uses her practice to explore several interests: primarily, the meshing of physical and digital experiences, and questioning what it means to exist in a time when this mesh is so often reality. Responding to this realm, her work tends to be psychological, critical and inquisitive. She creates 3D scans of everyday objects and spaces, such as houseplants, journals, and friends at dinner– trying her own hand in creating a back and forth between physical and digital spaces. Her thesis body of work, titled Lapses, will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art at UTC and on view in April 2022. Beddies will receive her BFA from UTC in 2022.
Still images of 3D scanned mailbox, plant, and journal
Using 3D scanning technology, I create ‘digital regurgitations’– glitched and often unrecognizable documents of the objects and spaces around me: a journal, houseplants, a pill container, a bonfire– all examples of mundane and readily available things included in this ongoing collection.
With this work, I am thinking about how our lives are so easily reproduced and digitized, and how many of us spend so much time in a seemingly true yet fabricated reality. Objects, moments, and spaces that we experience are sucked into a digital space and spit back out as something else. What does it mean to exist in a world where the physical and digital are so intertwined? I am drawn to the gaps in information and the mutations within digital misinterpretation. Like the human mind, it is nearly impossible for this technology to accurately compute all of the information it is given. Thus, continuing a cyclical nature that so informs my thought process.
I display these scans as holograms in a homemade glass pyramid. In displaying them this way, I am toying with the idea of the meshing of physical and digital– taking the physical, digitizing them, and bringing them back into a physical realm again. This work offers tangible matter while simultaneously twisting it into something other and transcendental, posing an inquiry of true reality.