“Adaptation” is an experimental diorama of a fictional narrative. At base level, it depicts a society accustom to life in a seemingly uninhabitable environment; the extreme living conditions of this location imply that it was colonized out of sheer necessity for survival. Many of the choices made throughout the project were based off of concepts such as resource management and the meeting of basic human needs. The diorama is painterly in style, however, it is not wholly logical in its construction or nature. The absurdity in this piece is further highlighted by the residents’ dangerous lifestyle; their means of transportation, resource production/distribution, and unstable housing all reflect the critical role adaptation plays in their struggle to survive.
Zolan Machado is a senior enrolled in VCUart’s Sculpture + Extended Material department. He hopes to major in sculpture and graduate with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. He would categorize a majority of his creations as ‘experimental dioramas’ — small scale depictions of both real and fictional locations. Machado’s interest in creating miniatures is primarily rooted in exploring the more artistic side of environmental design. He’s interested in the importance setting gives to narratives, the relationship between life and its domain, and more specifically, the psychology behind how we interpret and react to the environment around us. His style ranges from hyper realistic, to precise and architectural, to loose and gestural.