Debra Hampton, From Profit to Protection, magazine cut out, watercolor and ink on paper on board, 2009.
Our culture has for some time been sprinting toward a technological singularity. The imagery in “Twenty Paces” currently arouses parallels to science fiction but advances in robotics and artificial intelligence may make these pieces, with time, resemble fact.
The very real possibility of being confronted with “living” machines may be frightening but we have proven that we can become accustomed to the most unusual impacts progress has on society. Ten years ago, a person talking alone on a street corner would be cause for alarm. Today we may still check for the earpiece but it is assumed that the conversation is not a solitary exercise.