suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
leah RAINTREE: excerpts / the incredible machine is an ongoing drawing series that re-imagines mechanics of the human body. referencing an antiquated anatomy book of the same title, descriptive images and text are sampled to invoke complex but unreal systems for sustaining life. organic and technological elements work in tandem as these systems develop and adapt over time.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
lR: the project evolved from an earlier series, operable chambers, shown at foley gallery ny and reynolds gallery va (2009). loosely paralleling jorge luis borges’ “the circular ruins”, exquisite and corporeal details form components of man from the inside out. excerpts / the incredible machine renders these distinct parts as they overlap and jointly function.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lR: books on biology, anatomy, alchemy, chemistry, cranes, conduits, semiconductors, new and abandoned technologies
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
lR: donna haraway, liz king, bas jan ader, carl sagan