Artist Statement

Animated figures have been in existence since antiquity, primarily as religious icons. The illusion of life where it should not exist forces our minds into the uncanny valley of emotional response to an unreal human semblance. A rod puppet evokes a feeling of safety for the viewer since their mind can identify the source of the life-like movement, unlike the autonomous motion of an agitated man inside a glass dome, or an engrossed “Reader” interrupted to observe his observers.
The movements of these figures are either instantaneous, or have imperceptible motion creating a static illusion where the figure appears to be lifeless, but changes position over time like the hands of clock creating the sensation that the figure is looking back, so the observer wonders: “Who is watching whom?”.

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3D Modeling

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In a ideal world, the recently captured Head model would perfect and not require any finessing or repairs, but this [..more]

3D Capture

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There are various methods to capturing an object to create a 3D model but the most common are Laser Scanning [..more]

3D Scanner

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We have been interested in 3D printing for years, eager for the day when it was available to consumers for [..more]

Studio Visit

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Visitors from Creative Pinellas, Engagement Director Elizabeth Brincklow, Board member Carlen Petersen, and Executive Director Barbara St. Clair stopped by [..more]

Closing Reception

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On Saturday, August 13th, we attended the closing reception of "A Well Crafted Tale" at Florida CraftArt, sponsored by AARP [..more]

True Confessions

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Electronic Automata

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Servo Programmer To program our electronic, servo controlled automata we use two software applications: Visual Show Automation (VSA) by [..more]

Hand-crank Automaton : Part III

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