My ceramic sculpture derives from my fascination with industry and the production of inexpensive luxuries. While working in a candy factory, the realization of technology as a surrogate for the industrial worker became apparent to me. Often, the machinery and technology was ridiculously complex to accomplish something incredibly simple. This manifestation forced me to recognize and embrace the ridiculousness of using clay as a medium to create kinetic sculpture.
Through the incorporation of simple mechanics, pneumatics, and electronics, I am exploring industrial ideas on efficiency and production. This is executed by operating balloons, pinwheels, and other mass-produced products. Each machine is powered by the viewer’s hand or electricity through motion sensors to repeatedly complete simple tasks. For example, many sculptures inflate large balloons, incorporating humor into the work. I further illustrate this functional humor through the use of cartoon aesthetics. The use of bright colors as surface treatments and on various moving components mocks industrial progress by striking a balance between playfulness and machinery. Ultimately, the question I intend viewers ask is “what do machines accomplish?”