In today’s electronics-driven society, computers and their tiny parts often get discarded and rendered obsolete almost all the time. However, artist Julie Alice Chappell sees to it that old these parts are brought into life as winged insects.
While most people would only see the exterior of computer hardware, Julie is more interested in the internal things. The UK-based creative picks up the used-up pieces and would turn them into recycled artworks in her series “Computer Component Bugs.”
So what inspired her? “With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright metallic colors, I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close,” Julie reveals.
A lot would think the insides of a computer would be just some metallic junk, but Julie sees otherwise. What most would perceive as bland, she sees as interesting. “I view the miniature circuit boards with the same curiosity and amazement as I view the natural world.”
She is an environmentally-minded artist too. “‘Wings’ have been used in my subversive taxonomies as a metaphor for transformation,” she says, and continues that her work transforms “discarded and often environmentally dangerous materials to create something new and precious, keeping the art sympathetic to current environmental issues whilst developing an original making process.“
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