My work explores the use of kinetics as a way of inhabiting a space and creating a sense of the uncanny. Hybrid machines – half science experiment, half medical equipment – breathe using rubber lungs. Everyday inanimate objects move with distinct purpose as if possessed by a house-proud poltergeist and dry reeds rustle and part to allow the passage of an invisible visitor.
My work aims to strike a delicate balance between amusing and mesmerising. Gentle rhythms and subtle movements are articulated through simple mechanical means. Unexpectedly these artificial mechanisms do little to deter anthropomorphic associations and paradoxically enhance the notion of a cognitive machine. The kinetic piece is often presented as the central focus of an installation and lights are used to create dramatic shadows that distort shapes and exaggerate movement. Curious viewers are encouraged to explore the space in order to make sense of the unfamiliar environment. The intended impact of my work on the viewer is central to the design and aims to stimulate a fascination with the unfamiliar