Reliquary for the Digital in Nine Key Words ο or 3. or □ / Organized Relationships / Jen Reich


If mass can neither be created nor destroyed, creation only occurs through Organization. How we organize creates interactions & reactions, which dictates the form or structure created.

“A body of matter cannot disappear completely. It only changes its form, condition, composition, color and other properties and turns into a different complex or elementary matter.”1

We exist as organizations of matter, experiences, emotion, continuously changing over time.

Organization within the body is defined as the conversion of an amorphous substance, such as a blood clot, into organized tissue. As the edges of a wound heal into a scar they become a different type of tissue, with a different density and surface, existing as a part of the same body as before, in the same location—so are we changed by interactions with the organizations of which we are made.

I create small forms, bodies, transformed gradually through shifting time and energy; they become tiny depictions of my own journey as well as those of the others’ I’ve brushed against, little microcosms of experience. And as you absorb them, they become part of your experience. It’s hard to live and simultaneously process the experiences of living life. These small forms dissolve into images and emotional responses, the collective matter you draw from in seeing, in processing as you live. The experience, the journey of these forms is defined in their aging process. These organizations I have assembled, my forms: they experience mimicry of the aging process the human body undergoes and perform correlations between the physical experiences. Through association I can reveal the inherent beauty, strength, and vulnerability in the various processes of aging and evolving in the captured moments in the lives of these forms.

Through associations with taste we may learn to identify ingredients in a dish by teasing apart the experience—isolating flavors—and through reflecting upon past experiences identify their origins. In seeing art, feeling, knowledge and the past combine, in teasing apart this combination we can identify the origins within ourselves, learning and deepening our understanding of ourselves, of and in time, and in space.

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  1. Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī, 13th century AD.