ChipScapes

ChipScapes are pictures taken of computer chips, sort of microscopic chip landscapes, or ChipScapes for short. The artwork is created by photographing a silicon computer chip using a microscope and special lighting. Silicon is a silvery gray element and not very exciting to look at. The colors in ChipScapes come from a process I use that creates a prism effect derived from special lighting that takes advantage of the layered manufacturing process of computer chips. I use different lighting, angles, and the prism effect of chips to create colorful images of an otherwise boring gray chip. I use mostly vintage microprocessor and memory chips from the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to the artwork and the chip, I also include stories about the history and importance of the chips. I use shadow box frames , canvas, and jewelry frames. My artworks are in museums around the world.

Steve Emery

Steve Emery

I create artwork from computer chips. My artwork is based on microscopic photographs of computer chips. I use different lighting, angles, and the prism effect of chips to create colorful images of an otherwise boring gray chip. I use mostly vintage microprocessor and memory chips from the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to the artwork and the chip, I also include stories about the history and importance of the chips. I use shadow box frames and canvas. My artworks are in museums around the world. I have worked with computer systems for over 35 years. While I have dabbled in the arts over the years, I just hadn’t found my place. ChipScapes came about as a confluence of hobbies. I am a collector of vintage computer chips (www.antiquetech.com). And I have been an avid photographer since I was a teenager. The idea for ChipScapes started when I began framing old computer chips with photographs as gifts for my family. With their encouragement I shifted the focus from the physical chip to the artwork you see today. The computer chip is perhaps the greatest invention of the 20th century because it has touched us in so many ways. The chip has provided the ability to make machines smart, or at least not so dumb ☺ I look at the circuits that make a chip special and see if I can highlight them. It is a treasure hunt. I choose to seek out beauty and share it with others. My hope is to inspire people to find the art in all that they do. After all, even in the coldness of technology we can find beauty … if we look for it.