Made by Hand / Born Digital

The exhibition Made by Hand/Born Digital features artists who use brushes, AI, paint, 3D printers, scissors, magazines printed on paper, digital looms, potter’s wheels, Photoshop, and Apple Photo (formerly iPhoto), and who complicate a clean distinction between the hand made and digital. Loans are mixed with recent gifts to the museum. By continuing to make art by hand but bringing the latest digital tools into the process, these artists subvert the supposedly unstoppable trajectory towards the total digitalization of everything. Their art tells us silicon-based artificial intelligence and our carbon-based brains can and do work together.

The exhibition contains works by Alex Heilbron, Taha Heydari, Yassi Mazandi, Justin Mortimer, Analia Saban, Ena Swansea, Sarah Rosalena, and Joey Watson, each of whom challenge a simple narrative about the inevitable triumph of machines by using the present-day tools available to them.

Share This
Santa Barbara Art Museum

Museum Hours

Tues - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Thurs 11 am - 8 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays
» see complete schedule

Visit Us

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
» view map


Find SBMA on