A New Reality!

Technology blows my mind sometimes. I read somewhere the other day that in just a matter of ten years--between the year 2000 to 2010--the number of internet users increased from three hundred sixty-one million to a total of two BILLION users worldwide. I was shocked, but I concluded that these numbers did make logical sense. Why wouldn’t you want to become an internet user when literally any form of information can be achieved in just a matter of seconds right in the comfort of your home? Have a cold and can’t figure out whether it is severe enough to pay a visit to your doctor? Google your symptoms and get a good idea of what you might have. Had a long day at work and don’t have the least bit of energy to put together a sandwich? Doordash a 5-star meal right to your doorstep. Miss a family member that lives in another country? Facetime.

As a 2001 baby, I am aware that technology has influenced how I go about my day-to-day life and how it has made my reality just about a hundred times easier than what it must have been for my parents and grandparents. I caught myself going deep into thought about this the other day. When I did, you best believe that my interest in art led me to ponder over all of the ways technology has influenced the world that I like to live in; the art world. For a long time, I debated whether that impact has acted as a good or bad one which reminded me of the time I walked into my art class on a random Tuesday just to see about a third of my class doodling on iPads. What in the world?! I thought to myself.

To be quite honest with you, I wasn’t too fond of the idea of using one myself. How could you possibly get a stroke as beautiful as that of a brush against a canvas with a plastic pen and a screen? What would be the fun of selecting a color on a toolbar rather than squeezing pigments fresh out of a tube onto a palette? How could someone that calls themselves an artist choose to actively participate in the boycott of contemporary art ways and the human touch?! From these thoughts, I immediately made a pact with myself--that I would never have to do or become affiliated with any part of it. Count me out! Next thing you know it was a couple of months later and there I was in the same classroom, bright-eyed and fascinated looking down at one of the iPad screens, calling my teacher over constantly so that he could teach me every way to go about the program installed on it.