I once had a dream about an Earth devoid of human life. This fantasy compelled me to augment my own version of panspermia using video as my medium. Through animation and installation, I explore humankind’s relationship to the natural world, but particularly its detachment from it. My work questions ways in which nature too can technologically evolve alongside humanity in the digital age and how in turn, technology can also be seen as a sort of superorganism. My practice explores the interplay between artificial and non-artificial entities by simulating environments where the neo-biological is emphasised against our anthropocentric reality and the detrimental impact civilization has left on once flourishing biodiversities. Fascinated by the surreal forms found in nature, the mathematical intricacies of patterns, of structures and species, colours, sounds, and textures; growing up on the edge of a rainforest in Costa Rica fuels my creative practice as I work to resurrect the meaning of nature’s place in my own life now as both an urbanite and multidisciplinary artist. The emergence of what could be, and not of what is, addresses the symbiosis between reality and artifice in my work in vivo, in vitro, in situ, and in silico. In doing this, my practice strives to simplify humankind, relegating its desire to separate itself from nature to the convergence of emergent biological and technological life forms.
Shonee is a multidisciplinary video artist based in Montreal. Her practice involves animation and installation, in which she investigates the mimesis of technological and biological life forms by erecting virtual worlds with their own digital ecologies. She holds a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University.