Artist Statement 3.0
My ceramic work appropriates the forms of childrens’ toys to examine aspects of emerging technologies. Technologies like unmanned vehicle systems, genetically engineered plant life, wearable electronics, and the mass collection of personal data all present the opportunity to solve and create problems that I explore through the constructed objects in my work. Each piece is guided by the discourse of a specific technology and built from a mix of appropriated and created objects. Using this methodology I have constructed objects like the Bee Drone that examine the sophisticated human-excluded operations offered by unmanned vehicle systems, constructed from forms of military aviation aircraft and anatomical body parts of birds and bees. My examinations depict the serious aspects of emerging technologies using playful toy forms to investigate possible positive and negative outcomes of their application.