This is a technique I developed that allows a motor and a pen to trace their own actions and leave their marks visually. For such a crude looking mechanical device the drawings it produced were incredibly aesthetic, achieving tremendous depth, impossible by hand. The drawings produced had a likeness to natural forms and occurences.
People are used to technologies they don’t understand performing operations with tangible results. Revealing the components exposes its genius and creates wonderment that such a simple device could produce such an impressive visual result. It was for this reason that the piece engaged people and became mesmerising, in such a way that the viewers questioned its apparent simplicity.
This piece won the college’s Daler Rowney drawing prize.
Drawings can be seen in the drawing section.
Robert Currie ©2005