Strange Llamas


Yale University
Spring 2018

Focusing on binaries, such as artificial vs. real and natural vs. man-made, this project blurs the lines between the two through materiality and composition. In order to question strangeness and familiarity in today’s visual culture, Strange Llamas removes the digital signature of the form-making process and borrows from a seemingly natural material palette. However, its formal and material qualities teeter on the border of strange and familiar, causing one to ask: What are they? Are they llamas? Dinosaurs? Manipulated primitive shapes? Strange Llamas neither endeavors to mimic nature nor refute it in a technophilic way. Rather, it borrows from nature but fuses it with the human-made, particularly through materiality. The use of moss, brick, mossy brick, and bricky moss, in addition to the individual forms relative positions to each other, blur its reading. Strange Llamas locates itself as both/and, as opposed to neither/nor.