AI curation

Just as CEOs of AI companies are warning that AI may bring about the end of humanity, I’m contemplating my role in generating AI-based works.

So many AI issues still to deal with! Putting aside the existential risk to humanity for a brief moment, today I’m attending to some of the positives for my artistic practice in the use of AI.

For reference the digital collage work below, Spoons for them 2023, has been made with the help of AI.

Spoons for them 2023

The role of the artist as curator

It occurred to me that, in the generation of AI images, I am an artist acting as curator. I’m assembling and displaying images, giving them context and meaning. It’s creative, hence the curatorial mode of practice becomes part of my creative process.

There is a familiarity here with other aspects of my practice. In my digital collages I work with multiple images, actions, patterns, marks and blends that are digitally generated and/or manipulated. I use digital tools and I make choices about the use of these tools and techniques which help develop the meaning or narrative in the work.

Much of the AI work I’m doing at the moment involves using my own work as a starting point, curating a series of prompts, curating outputs and then feeding back to the Bot in a lengthy loop of generation.

The images in Spoons for them 2023 come from a complex set of prompts, potentially no two alike. I have collected and catalogued many more generated images of spoons, and the ones selected above fit the concept and intention of the work.

Curating an exhibition of AI work

The blurring of curatorial and creative practice in this space lends itself to exhibition. I can see a future where Bot and I exhbit our work. The creative intention is mine as Curator, the execution is primarily Bot’s as Lead Fabricator, and the Artist attribution exists conceptually—and shared by both of us.

PL💚 NTS Exhibition*

* The exhibition was postponed due to Covid-19 but will open to the public Saturday 25 July ending Sunday 2 August. Open daily from 10AM-4PM.


Three of my digital collage artworks have been selected for display in the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, as part of the PL💚 NTS exhibition in March/April 2020.

Artwork by Neha Gupte @theblckpen

The theme of the exhibition is our love of plants and the essential role they play in our lives.

Plants give us life. They make our air, our food, our clothes and our homes. Without them life would cease to exist. The Royal Botanic Garden is a living collection of thousands of plants in Sydney’s CBD. This oasis is the city’s lungs, the green heart of Sydney and Australia’s oldest scientific institution.

PL❤NTS is a brand new exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, brought to you by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. For this exhibition, we are shining a spotlight on the incredible diversity of plants living here and around the world. And we’re also telling the story of their friends: the many pollinators that disperse seeds and keep the Gardens humming.

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My happy publicity shot for the exhibition

My small garden is a place of rest and a source for personal and artistic growth. My recent works explore aspects of my garden and its place personally, globally and historically.

The three works that will be hung in the PL💚 NTS exhibition further develop my garden imagery in the traditions of Trompe l’oeil and Baroque still life painting. These digital constructions incorporate personal symbols in new narratives about what I wish for the world.

Idyll  39cm x 50cm Digital on paper

Prosperity  39cm x 50cm Digital on paper

Sanctuary  39cm x 50cm Digital on paper