I was sitting in a cafe with an acquaintance when I asked if I could draw her. She read something from her phone as I drew. The wallpaper behind her looked like the inside of a microchip. Instead of a menu, there was a QR code printed on the table. I incorporated elements of the QR code into the wallpaper around the subject. I also let the tip of her eyelash intrude upon the design. Finally, I embedded a heart shape into the wallpaper so that it appears to float by the subject’s lips. This drawing vibrates with interactions between the human mind and the technology it has created.
SAMANTHA STEINER is a writer and visual artist. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Find her on social media @Steiner_Reads.