Artificial Linings

Clair Chin, Maya Kaisth (2014)

Artificial Linings by Clair Chin and Maya Kaisth :: Supported by FRFAF from STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on Vimeo.


Artificial Linings is a “dreamscape installation” created by CMU School of Art undergraduates, Maya Kaisth and Clair Chin. It was created in two iterations and incorporated sculpture as well as real-tim, generative light projections. The artists write: “Our goal for this project was to create a simultaneously natural yet artificial environment in which a viewer could become completely encompassed.”




Artificial Linings was a two part installation that incorporated imagery found in nature, artificially created through sculpture and lighting. We were able to complete two renditions of our installation given the grant. Both renditions of the project were made with the aim to create an all encompassing unnatural environment. Both installations contained painted walls, projectors, and cloud sculptors. In addition to this we were able to incorporate a kinect in the second iteration that allowed people to control the levels of lighting with their movements in the room.




Artificial Linings was created with support from a microgrant from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier (FRFAF) — an endowment founded to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines.

Maya Kaisth and Clair Chin are sophomores studying in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.