According to her CV, Sara Ludy “currently lives and works everywhere.” Her art reflects this notion through its eerily universal aesthetics that are somehow simultaneously alien and familiar. Ludy’s work has always stood out from her contemporaries in the new media scene through her explorations of virtual places and objects that exist in the spaces between architecture, dreams, and the digital universe. For the past three years Ludy has been developing an expansive 3D architectural model that includes Dream House, which comprises the structured environments of her virtual world, and Animistics, a series of sculptural objects created to populate it. Dream House is in fact an abstract reflection of Ludy herself, as it is based upon lucid dreams she has experienced and will eventually evolve into a 100-acre island.
From the observer’s point of view, there is something slightly voyeuristic about entering Ludy’s digital spaces. Like we are a fly on the wall in someone’s residential, digital dream when there is no one else home. This may stem from her creative experiments as a teenager: “In high school I was making collaged tape recordings and experimenting with a laggy surveillance camera.” Then at School of the Art Institute of Chicago she “learned about John Cage and Sadie Benning’s work and felt a connection with what I was doing, which inspired me to work more with video and sound.” Ludy’s digitally manipulated, video work eventually segued into the wholly digitally creations that she is currently focusing on.
Alien, from Animistics
An interest in feng shui, a Chinese system of harnessing positive energy, lead Ludy to her current project. “I’m currently focused on translating ideas of feng shui into a virtual context. Feng shui takes into consideration the environment that surrounds a proposed building site, such as mountains and bodies of water. I’m interested in what the surrounding environment is/could be in a virtual context and how it relates to the creation of an auspicious site.”
The themes of Ludy’s work are constantly evolving but her subconscious, and the unconscious mind in general, consistently remain important factors in her creativity. She has a deep and personal interest in the clair senses and how history is somehow mystically captured in physical spaces. She manages to express these intangible ideas with enigmatic beauty and emotional depth.
Fin, from Animistics
Still from an audiovisual performance
Window #2, from the Window series
Grayson, from the Postcards series
We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week.
(Image at top: Sara Ludy, Wallpapers. All images courtesy of the artist)