Generative/AI Models/Python/Still Image
For the last 5 years, Helena Sarin has been organizing her work within a grid format where output samples generated by AI models are combined into a collage programmatically. The artist’s process began as a method to alleviate low resolution and later evolved into a signature artistic style. Inspired by Jack Whitten’s definition of the grid as "DNA of the visual perception," Sarin approaches the grid as a metaphor for the learning process of neural nets, specifically the visual representation of their lower layers. Neurons in these layers of the grid are responsible for detecting simple features in the input data, such as edges, lines and colors. The completed artwork acts as a snapshot of basic shapes and patterns layered with increasingly complex elements. As visible in the diagonal corners of the composition, these areas eventually become an AI etching, a technique referenced by the artist as a latent doodle. The final artwork title adds a necessary verbal dimension, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Grid.