Sunday, August 8, 2010
This automaton is a working poker machine - the wheel spins and the magpie swallows your coins while the great Aussie icon Ned Kelly looks on silently with his smug little duck, quacking out a rationale while the bitch goddess of success howls below. But unfortunately the pictures on the wheel never line up for the player. Its made of huon pine, oak, steel and scrap bronze, motors and aluminium cylinder are parts of an old duplicating machine. There is a Jayco timer that turns it off and on when a coin is proferred, but most of the electronics on the circuit board are purely there for a lovely backlight.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Have embarked on yet another artistic channel - intaglio and this is my first effort (it has been a long and difficult procedure getting it right. It still isn't but the plate is almost worn out before I even get an edition out of it. This is after a stone carving I saw at the entrance of the Thanh Cathedral in Alsace. St.Catherine was to be broken on the wheel, but it was miraculously destroyed so they boiled her alive instead.