Today, I stumbled across the work of Palo Alto, California based artist Jeremy Mayer. Mayer disassembles old typewriters and reassembles them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures and other sci-fi-ish bugs and animals.
Interested in typewriters since childhood, Mayer started working with the machines in 1994 while living in Iowa. With an interest in assembly in nature, he pays close attention to the strong trend in science and technology towards the emulation of natural systems.
Of his work, Mayer says “I think of the typewriter as a product of nature – it was designed by minds immersed in nature around them, and mimicked the curves, geometry, and physical processes abounding in nature. Though it is cold metal created by human hands, the typewriter is just as much a natural material as stone or wood. I concentrate on bringing this fascination with the raw material and interest in science and science fiction together in the subtleties of the human form.”
Each full scale sculpture uses 40 typewriters and takes about 1200 hours to assemble. What’s also amazing is that Mayer does not solder, weld, or glue any of the materials. He also creates charcoal drawings based on ideas about biotechnology and nanotechnology.