My work is about creating an alternative fantastical landscape that incorporates and subsists in an environment. It is a landscape that machines and technologies are not only used to aid in production, but actually encompass the environment. The ways in which the machines grow is much like a forest, as the gears and pipes vie for vacancies closer towards the skies; wrapping around one another in a sort of controlled chaos. Just as an ecosystem relies on its various components to exist, my landscapes require a home where the two rely on one another, and form a symbiotic relationship. Individually, my mechanics are useless, and need to be part of the larger construct in order to activate the space. Once the mechanical landscape has bloomed, it then sets the stage for people to come and experience the space in a new way, as it forces them to interpret, question, and to be immersed; free to let their imagination run wild, and to fill the voids of the space.
Within this alternative universe, the machines and mechanics speak to the predetermined ways in which art should function. However, by omitting the end product, they discredit the ways in which we have formerly perceived a machine, and ask the viewer to distinguish the construct in a new light. While we are familiar with the machines that surround us every day, with their functions, and with their end result or product, but my machines do not have a final product that coincides with our predetermined expectations. Such an enigma may make people uncomfortable, as they do not know how to react or how to perceive such a machine. This response is intended to question the viewer, and to make him/her use their imagination to invent and fantasize, and thus to navigate and experience the space as a new uncharted territory.
In retrospect, an artist is required to have a predetermined set of ideas or functions for which their art is intended to speak. But what if an artist doesn't adhere to these rules, and requires the viewer to complete the image? It would be like having a machine without a programmed function.
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