Paper Machine | 2010 | mixed | 18"x11"x18"

This sculpture is a geared winch constructed of cardboard, string, wire, charcoal and an electric motor. It uses a wire mechanism on its back to press a piece of charcoal into the wall, charting its slow climb. Because of the placement of the anchors and the unsuitable material choices, this machine self-destructs before reaching its potential. This piece was inspired by my reading of Derrida’s essay on paper in which he describes his varying engagement with paper over the length of his career, from pen-on-paper to anticipating the ‘paperless society’.

©David Dyck | Updated July 2016