Artist Statement : Prosthesis' Prostheses
In thinking of a Prosthesis' Prostheses as extensions of ourselves that project into the future, self-preservation is key to survival in a fast-paced world that threatens to crush us in the momentary pause between each breath we take. I was originally seeking to protect myself. I was planning to seal myself off from the world and create a 3-D printed garment that would shield my vulnerability as well as make me impervious to anybody else’s vulnerability. Using the pangolin as inspiration, I would be able to use my clothing as a extension of myself, curl up, and ignore the external world. Of course, that’s not how this project ended. I came to a creative moot point about what I wanted to do and what I could actually achieve. I started thinking about how could I make life a little better, instead of avoiding it all together. So I went back to the drawing board to find a mechanism action that would allow me to push and pull a trigger with one finger left and right alongside a bowl, while moving the spoon up and down, creating a spoon a person could operate with one thumb. The best inspiration came from a thingiverse.com webpage group that 3D prints cutlery and cutlery enhancements for children born without fingers or hands. Hence, the actually need for customizable prosthetics. This prompted me to think of the spoon design as a possible necessity, rather than a first-world country toy I could make just because I could. It probably won’t be this spoon prototype, but I hope to create a spoon that would make eating a little easier for someone who is vulnerable everyday. Handicable people don't have the option to curl up into a ball and ignore the world, which makes innovation for self-progression a necessity. In this way, the most vulnerable people will be the strongest in the 3-D printed future.