Philosophical Toys and Psychological Machines
Through my artwork I investigate, experiment, document and promote the invasion into the divergent landscapes of real everyday, and imaginary fabricated, worlds. More specifically the overlapping regions between these worlds, essentially the remaining areas not claimed by either. Inspired by the expeditions of early Explorers who wished to discover uncharted territory, my artistic quest is to enter into this gray area and to blur the boundaries of these two spaces, in order to increase the square footage of a new hybrid region. In this area the domination of either world is not apparent, yet evidence of both worlds exists. It is in this new landscape where my artwork to collectively resides, my pioneering spirit and escapist desires are satisfied, and I trespass to become the maker of philosophical toys and psychological machines.
Philosophical toys, originally popularized in the 19th century, were tabletop, optical toys, which demonstrated scientific and mathematical phenomena to both adults and children, while also providing amusement. They were intended to provoke thinking towards the world we live in and it is precisely this experimental examination, rather than the scientific explanation, of the world, that I seek to create.
I also operate under the belief that machines are not unbiased instruments, but rather are devices created from our deepest fears and desires. Evidence for this is overwhelming and can be examined in everything from the obvious pleasure seeking products of the sex doll and beauty/vanity industry and in simulated virtual realities, to fear based inventions for sanitation, and safety/security based products for our households. Moral panic and personal liberation/satisfaction are among the most powerful tools in the psychological machine Inventor’s toolbox.
I am interested in the intense psychological forces of fear and desire, and have found humor to be the binding thread between the two. My machines and toys incorporate the absurd as they explore the strangeness of our own psyches.