I tend to celebrate things in my works – even things I may not fully agree with, but that I find a beauty in the core of.
I often ride a line between this celebration and critique via this use cinematic device, but essentially, I leave things nebulous.
Though presumably designed with the aspiring child astrologer’s bedroom in mind, these stickers are also commonly found adorning the walls and ceilings of the teenage psychonaut; more likely used to “trip out” than to plan a trip.
Rather than the cosmos, Shaw’s source material comes from 3D SPECT scan renderings of the degenerative effects of cumulative mind-altering substance use on the blood flow and metabolism of the human brain.
The representational language of neuroscience, or at least the populist aesthetic familiar in health and pharmaceutical advertising, is reformatted here as a mechanism to enhance altered states while viewing their supposed biological effects on the brain.
Contributors have been selected by POLITICO staff and editors.If I was truly creating work that’s in keeping with this potential, they may never be picked up on, but I don’t mind either way.