I think of robots as possible beings. With our technological advancements today, the moment could happen anytime soon. When robots become conscious and autonomous, we will be challenged as to who gets to have rights in this world. The overarching theme of my work is the emotional relationships between humans and machines. The moment humans empathize with machines is the moment humans begin emotional relationships with robots.
I am pushing components in my work that elicit empathy from humans in order to evoke the beginning of emotional relationships between us and machines. Wood is a prominent material in my work. Historically, it has been a material that is close to humans. In collaboration with wood, I am closing the gap of unfamiliarity between my audience and the idea of robots as beings.