Rie Nakajima, Automatic Drawings

Nakajima works with found objects and electrical devices, and arranges them in response to a space. The objects are a bric-a-brac assortment that might be found on a market stall: they could include, for example, food tins, porcelain bowls, ball bearings and a large yellow sponge. She carefully combines electrical devices and motors with a selection of objects to give them a life force. When activated these primitive automata perform cycles of whirring, drumming or vibrating, or simply of slight shifts between movement and stillness.