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Solid States: Image/Object in the Age of 3D Printing

Leah Mackin

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About the 3D Printed Drawings series:

The 3D Printed Drawings are physical works made of ABS plastic, documented with a high-resolution flatbed scanner to be viewed and presented at larger scale. The drawings are made by manipulating the output of the printer’s initial raft, a flat surface of printed material on which the intended file prints. By adjusting the angle, speed, and heat of the printer unit, the resulting grid patterns are marred by gaps and globs, and, at times, completely unravel.


In 3D Printing, rafts are designed as support material for the intended print model and are meant to be removed and discarded. The 3D Printed Drawing series is a method to view flawed grid structures as a means to expose the flaws and failures of systems in our lives. 

Leah Mackin is a visual artist and educator who explores themes of reflection, response, and re-creation through performative publishing projects. Mackin holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Printmaking+Book Arts from The University of the Arts.

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