Groovy People - Silicon Wafer, FRAM, Ramtron, Disco, Keep on Truckin'


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About the Artwork:

You are looking at microscopic circuits on a computer chip. Looking at these circuits is much like looking at clouds. Different people see different things. I named this artwork Groovy People because I saw four people walking towards me in the art style of the 1970's Keep on Truckin'. If you look closer, you might see that they all have dreadlocks, or you might see three ducks, in between the people, looking at you with binoculars :) The square piece of silicon wafer on the front of this artwork comes from a six-inch Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FRAM) silicon wafer (see the picture just below the text) made by Ramtron in the 1990s. The complete wafer had about 2,756 chips on it. This wafer piece has about 60 chips on it. Each tiny rectangle on this wafer piece is a memory chip. The picture at the bottom is a picture of one of these chips. The red rectangle on the chip is the area where the main artwork came from. This area of the chip is decoder logic used to access bits in the memory grids. FRAM was created as an alternative to the EEPROM/Flash nonvolatile chips. It appeared to be superior in almost every way. However, FRAM could not keep up with the density of EEPROM, and FRAM dropped from the technology landscape in the 2010s.



The artwork is framed in an 8"x10" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

Please note:  The look of the artifacts in the artworks may vary, each piece is unique.