Ann Arbor, MI
Emotion Machines, a body of work Kumao will work on at Sculpture Space, involve precise, scientific systems designed to behave erratically. In Translator, a robotic screen frantically moves between two video projections, collecting images and sound as it is caught between opposites. In Protest, a mechanized pair of girl’s legs stomps on the floor unpredictably, responsive to the presence of the viewer. These works are metaphors for how the mind works, particularly perception, memory and emotion.
Kumao received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Art Studio and BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museu da Imageme do Som in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Alternative Museum in New York. She was also in the exhibition Motion at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in 1999.