Material Design is a series of photographs exploring the interaction of light and color on a canvas. Light must be instantiated in a medium in order to exist, which makes it a perfect metaphor for the interface—significant boundaries and surfaces that connect us with digital technology.

The photographs were made by capturing light passing through sheets of acrylic onto a canvas. They are titled after the Material design specification, Google: material.google.com.

Their analog correspondence to a purely digital set of interface guidelines—and the material process by which they were made, in contrast to their namesake—suggests a sort of media confusion, blurring the lines between virtual/actual, digital/analog, human/machine.

The project was created for my junior book in the Visual Arts program at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, in Fall 2016.

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