Sculpture

D.I.F.  or  Device of Indeterminate Function

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"Magnificent! I feel suitably infernorated!"
John Nicholls, Sculptor and Curator - Berkshire, UK

"I love it! It’s like a Buck Rogers essential items travel case. Fills you with uncertainty about whether it’s futuristic or antique."
Lindsay Waring, Sculptor and Teacher - Buckinghamshire, UK


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My work normally has a very particular (fantastical) function, with a detailed (imaginary) story behind the development of each device and the individuals involved, accompanied by healthy doses of humour and irony. This is the complete opposite, with (deliberately) no discernible function at all.
It was inspired initially by the Rogers Vitalator, and reinforced by the Pifco Bakelite Massager, food mixers, vacuum cleaners, women's hairdryers, men's electric drills, etc, etc - all domestic appliances with a complex set of attachments available.
It has been designed with a working 'interface', so all the 'attachments' can be fitted to the 'appliance' in turn, with them all 'working' (not!). The seven 'attachments' are entitled Elucidator, Alleviator, Infernorator, Bifertigator, Cinerator, Quadfurcator and Ephemorator. The humour in this piece is indicated by the fact that, whilst appearing to be a sophisticated device with many complex functions, it actually has no application whatsoever.

Materials: brass, copper, wooden box, found objects
Dimensions: overall, in box: 21" wide x 23" deep x 17" high (52cm x 57cm x 42cm)
Weight in box: 27lb (12Kg)

This piece enjoyed its first exhibition at The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts exhibition at Exeter Castle in November 2019. In August/September 2020, it was seen at Spetchley Park Gardens, Worcester. From October 1st 2020, it can be seen at the Gallery of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen in Cheltenham.

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