The Four Humors.
2016-2017. 8.75”h x 7.5”w x 4”d.
Lithography, Acrylic, Mahogany, Brass, Bronze, Linen, Self-fabricated mechanisms, Hardware.
My third automata, The Four Humors, is now finished. As the brass crank is rotated at the bottom of the shadowbox, a self-fabricated Geneva drive is engaged, rotating the paper doll's dresses with intermittent motion.
The four humors is an ancient medical theory in which all diseases, disabilities, emotions and behaviors are due to an excess or lack of bodily fluids: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. The fluids also have organs that relate to the fluids: blood=liver, phlegm=brain and lungs, black bile=gallbladder, and yellow bile=spleen.
I will have a new paper doll automata called The Four Humors in the Small Works show, opening this Friday, November 4th, at Artisan Gallery. The reception is from 5-9 and the show runs until December 31, 2013.
From the gallery website:
The front gallery will feature a show of wide ranging art created by gallery artists working in all media. This annual show has become one of our most popular as an opportunity to acquire work on a smaller scale by some of the gallery's most popular artists.
I made this piece intensely, and was neglectful in taking many process photos, but below is a photo of the testing of the hand-fabricated Geneva mechanism that works the piece. More photos on the making of the mechanism can be found HERE.