Surface Mining: Sago Mine Disaster, intaglio print in coal dust ink relief printed from laser-etched polymethyl-methacrylate plate using 3D geospatial data hacked from Google servers, 2018
Using an OpenGL custom script, I disrupted Google Earth servers to grab a snapshot of the mountains in Appalachia where a mining disaster occurred in 2006. In a collaboration with the department of entomology at University of Florida, we 3D scanned ant specimens. I combined the two models 3D space and lit the models with a sun-simulating tool set to the time, date, and location of the explosion. The models were snapshot as a 2D image and laser-engraved into a sheet of polymethyyl-methacrylate in six different passes to recreate the depth of the 3D models. The plate was inked-up intaglio and relief printed using a custom ink I made by pulverizing Appalachian coal.
The series of images below the print show a detail on the process of the print from 3D model rendering, to 2D raster for engraving, to a photo of the engraved plate, and finally how the ink was relief/intaglio printed on paper from the plate.
This print won the Kerslake Printmaking Award in 2018 and will soon be featured in an exposition published by the VIS Nordic Journal of Artistic Research.