Category: Electronics

Building up again?

Here are some photos of things I’ve been playing with in the studio, stuff I’ve been making.  I’m not really sure what it is yet. – Merry Go Round (Please excuse the bad photo.) – Windmill (in progress- will move hopefully, as I’m interested in making it kinetic.) And this barn I’ve built…. … which I’ve been playing with projecting… Read more →

Animatronics Update

I’ve been hard at work working on the animatronics project.  HARD at work.  It is a huge challenge, but slowly but surely, I am making some progress.  I am having to rework my ideas and rework my solutions as I go, as sometimes what I think will work best does not work hardly at all.  I am learning a lot… Read more →

Animatronics Project- Nephropoleon

Here is the first semi-successful attempt at animating one of the Morphoids – Nephropoleon. And a little about Nephropoleon.  As you can see, the awkwardness is appropriate, but I am still debating whether or not I will attempt to make the movement more efficient.  It could be more efficient, but right now, I’m not totally sure it’s worth the effort.… Read more →

Animatronic Morphoids!

I’ve been awarded a production grant from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, to develop some of the Morphoids into ‘living’ creatures over the next few months.  To do this, I am using Arduinos, electronic circuitry, servo motors, sensors, and developing the mechanics for the inside of the Morphoids to make them move and interact with their environment.  As you can imagine,… Read more →

New Work: Inner Theatre

Inner Theatre (2014). MDF, polymer clay, plexiglass, paint, music box and custom electronics.  17” x 13” x 7”.   This work is part of Melancholia, the new series I am working on.  Inner Theatre uses a music box and custom electronics to recreate a feeling which I associate with my experience with depression.  The hand with spiral motif symbolizes a personal… Read more →

Nitinol

Ok, maybe it’s an experimentation and research phase (as it applies to material and technique). This is Nitinol. Nitinol is a shape memory alloy, which reacts to heat. Let’s start at the beginning. It works like magic. Well, no, not really. (And this one is trying to be dramatic…) So…. how might this be useful? See the possibilities? This is… Read more →

Phases of Practice

I seem to be going into an experimentation phase. Like a lot of artists, I go through phases with my work.   Productive phases (grooves), where everything seems to roll along smoothly, almost pulling me with it, unproductive phases (ruts, like the one I’m finally seeming to get out of), where I’m stalling, and everything in between.  Experimentation phases, where… Read more →