Contraptions, 2003-2009

Taking cues from Dada inventions and engravings from Diderot's Encyclopedia, imaginary fetish objects are drawn in a hyper-real style. These hybrid devices consist of tongues and fingers, playfully interacting with fantasy items inspired by French eighteenth century fashion and decorative objects. Large-scale apparatuses, isolated in space, become funky machines for self-gratification and maximum autonomy.

Up!, is a riff on the Pygmalion myth. A headless Ken doll torso is cobbled with the lower body of a tumescent, adolescent boy; he sits with arms outstretched to the viewer, beckoning like a child and also as a lover. The Frankenstein boy/toy, designed for pleasure, humorously takes aim at the relationship between objects and desire.

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