In the current digital age where computers and mobile technology are ubiquitous, it is easy to forget the hands-on and more physical relationship we originally had with mathematics. The word "computer" was actually a job title for people performing calculations by hand before it became the name for the machines we use today. Further, mathematics is often viewed as something abstract, metaphysical and outside of ourselves. My work is focused on countering these notions, reminding the viewer that mathematics is a human activity that involves labor and is more subjective than we realize.
My recent drawings of calculators and remote controls were created using architectural drafting techniques and depict various models dating as far back as the late 1970s. I measure each device using calipers and rulers and then render it, in pencil, in an isometric view that ignores foreshortening and preserves all the measurements. Through some of the drawings you will also see calculations done by hand or drafting guidelines. These elements are part of the scaling process, converting what I'm observing into the measurements within the drawing. By leaving evidence of their construction, the drawings demonstrate the dense amount of information and labor put into creating something that is meant to simplify our lives.
My earlier work, such as Golden Parachutes and Class Warfare, contain charts that allude to the recent recession. Our economy is a system filled with both random actions as well as intentional manipulations, and we predict its gains or losses with mathematics and other sciences. I asked myself if there were a graph, which could characterize this flux between order and randomness, what would it look like it? Using a system of dice rolls, randomly generated data and architectural drafting techniques, the drawings present variations of a system that display order, chaos, transparency, and manipulation. You can see a system at work, but you can't easily explain how or why.