In contrast to the latest i-gadget which “you already know how to use”, my abstract tools provoke people to ask “what’s it for?” Visitors to historical tool collections often ask the same question. If the tools of 50 years ago are already meaningless, these functionless versions are no less relevant. Flimsy and elongated, they distance the hand from their working parts and are difficult to control. Handcrafted, they embody at least some of the skills they seek to uphold.
Making is in our nature, but increasingly “work” is accomplished by clicking buttons, and “making” is something we watch others master on reality TV. As individuals continue to consume more than they produce, we are collectively forgetting skills that once sustained everyday life. Memory is strengthened by repetition, so my work addresses 7 archetypal tasks over and over again: brush, scoop, poke, cut, rake, look, hit. It is an act of remembering.