Mishal Adam Weston
‘This form of art has changed the way that I perceive the world, the way that I go about each day. People are so disconnected from each other. We often overlook the simplest things that can bring us together.’
Mishal Weston can reveal a universe of beauty in the things you throw away. With the art of scanography, a camera is replaced with an ordinary office scanner. Zooming in on mundane objects, Weston explores a new perspective on the world around us. From forgotten sneakers, seashells to seeds, bottle caps to bird feathers, there’s nothing Weston doesn’t see as beautiful.
What began as an unusual hobby is now the artist’s focus. During neighbourhood walks and seaside strolls, Weston collects objects that have fallen by the wayside, anticipating the masterpiece it could be.
Against the black backdrop of a scanner, Weston reveals intricate details of what was once just trash. The results are spellbinding. ’Anything can be art if you change your perspective’ he says. The pursuit of these transformations has given Weston valuable insight into life. For those who seek it, beauty is all around.
Mishal Weston (b. 1988) was born in Harare Zimbabwe to a South Africa mother and British father. Mishal is a designer, and artist working in various media, their practice primarily focuses on the found object and the material of bone. Mishal obtained a BTech in graphic design for CPUT in 2011.