Tabitha Soren’s project Surface Tension is made by shooting the grime and debris that accumulates on her iPad. The background images are appropriated from her various devices through social media, images texted to her and from her web history. . Soren creates the images about digital culture with an analogue large format view camera. The vigorous and expressive gestures on the surface of the image reflect the conflict between reality and fiction and between our embodied lives and our online, mediated lives. The photographs put in sharp focus what we normally try to look past and ignore on our screens. The images show the dystopian outside world swirling with the fingerprints and greasy smears of our embodied selves. The human markings are seemingly at odds with the chilly detachment and objectivity of the information that flows towards us, unrelentingly. In this project, the viewer is forced to see an everyday object in a way they usually don’t. . Soren has been a visual artist in different domains for over 25 years and has long explored the intersection of culture, politics, the body and psychology. She lives in California and her work is in many private and public collections around the world.