Portrait of a Girl: A motorized pair of girl’s legs takes the emotional temperature of the room and makes her presence known through loud (she’s wearing tap shoes) and erratic stomping and tapping on household furniture. Responding to the presence of viewers, this girl alternates between aggressive, attention-getting tantrums and seemingly uncontrolled shaking and jerking.
Heidi Kumao is a interdisciplinary artist who works with kinetic robots to emphasise emotional and interpersonal atmospheres. Her use of materials is pertinent and sophisticated. Using words like “misbehaving” she’s inviting an empathetic response from her audience, while keeping the mechanical aesthetic prominent.