Sam De Armas

Sam De Armas (American, b.1996) uses performance, emerging technology, and sound as a means to simulate her version of reality. Sam’s work begs the question “What is reality?” without wanting to know the answer. Her use of performance in relation to technology examines the physical connection and self-made limits placed on the physical self in comparison to the endless possibilities in the virtual world.

Sam will receive a BFA in Sculpture at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and will be attending the summer session of Stove Works residency where she will further researching and investigating the human/digital relationship.

Artist Statement:

I’m reluctant to answer. I’m going through the motions, knowing nothing of what others are living. What is reality? What is it to me, to my mother? The answer does not matter: what does is the search, the experiences, and actions that make up ‘reality’? The internet has an answer though, “Reality is the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional ideal of them.” An example being “He refuses reality.” Another example is “Sam refuses to confront what reality truly means to her”.