A Different Kind of Disaster


Our project will generate 3D printed artifacts from digitally simulated material collisions, fixing in physical form all aspects of this hypothetical impact. We will use a variety of simulated materials (specifically materials involved in the production of electronics) at different velocities and in various atmospheric conditions. We will then 3D scan the resulting objects back into the 3D animation program to run a successive simulation introducing new variables to the virtual process. Our intention is to create a generative recursion between a digital, ideal space and real space in order to create a series of mixed reality sculptures. The final resin sculptures will reference both macro collisions such as meteors colliding with planets, as well as micro particle collisions in scientific instruments, both of which produce new elements and forces at vastly different scales.

We are interested in the translation between the virtual and physical manifestation of fixed material collisions, which we anticipate will result in both information loss and accumulation. We want to investigate how the noise generated by the translation process - the residue of moving between two realities- will affect the creation an abstract form and open up a new space of interpretation for “the disaster.”


Christie DeNizio

Christie DeNizio, MFA Painting/Printmaking 2017, Yale School of Art

Christie DeNizio was born in New Jersey and has lived in 8 states since graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012. She worked in the Education departments at various non-profit art museums, including the Chinati Foundation. Her work questions the use value of objects and gestures of participation through painting, sculpture, video and installation. Christie is currently a second-year MFA candidate in the Painting/Printmaking department at Yale School of Art.

Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner, MFA Painting/Printmaking 2017, Yale School of Art

Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner was born in Philadelphia, PA, and earned a degree in English and Fine Art from University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After graduating, she moved to New York City to work in editorial for Art in America. Stephanie’s work manipulates synthetic materials by hand and via digital processes in order to visualize immaterial phenomena. Stephanie is currently a second-year MFA candidate in the
Painting/Printmaking department at Yale School of Art.