Beijos de Borboleta
Carnaval Eyelashes, Wood, Metal,PLA, Motors, Microcontroller; 2017
22 x 19.5 x 13 inches
Beijos de Borboleta, the first sculpture in the series, is a machine that can kiss. Reimaging the intimacy of the butterfly kiss as a technological encounter, it amplifies and intensifies the intimate gesture of brushing one’s eyelashes against anther’s skin. Its scale references table top vanity mirrors and its wooden platform references the shape of eyelash curler handles. The viewer is invited to put their face up to the flitting eyelashes to receive the sensation of several butterfly kisses at once. The frequency of the motors and the sound of the mechanics mimic the sound of medical devices.For many people, its sound evokes a heart rate monitoring machine.