Jessica Gondek

Enterprising Machines 2 (2016)
charcoal, pastel, digital print
46 x 29 in.

Enterprising Machines are works inspired by machine aesthetics that reference common tools and domestic utilitarian objects. My process begins with digital manipulations from vintage consumer catalogues published in the early 1900’s for Pratt and Whitney tools, and the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, maker of domestic gadgets. The digitally printed elements I compose recall blueprints or plans, and create a foundation for the modification of the context of these implements. Drawing from observation of actual objects allows for transposition and mutability between layers of printed and observed information. The objects explored are simultaneously transformed denying their original functional purpose and asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative.