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Cornelius

Waffleman

Cornelius Swartwout

August 24, 1859

aka

WAFFLEMAN

As an artist, much of my creative process involves the dissection and reconstruction of found and recycled goods. While previously focusing largely on producing accurate reconstructions of the original object, WaffleMan illustrates the reuse of disparate dissected components into one unified time-bending being.

Created using an inside-out 1940’s era waffle iron, coiled electric stove burner head, various rotary telephone parts, a curbside lamp and a couple of irons, Waffleman was my first foray into other robot-like creations after the success of my RoboMan Series of lamps.

While the RoboMan Series consists of small multi-functional robots made from used electrical components, WaffleMan is the genesis of the two types of work I am best known for creating, and has been the catalyst for my new emerging style of work.

Just as Cornelius Swartwout utilized the rapidly advancing technologies of the late -19th Century to secure the first US patent on a waffle iron, I am harnessing the rapidly disposable nature of our world to secure the materials and inspiration for my unique and utilitarian works of art.

Cornelius was a first prize winner at the South Carolina State Fair and was displayed at ArtFields, Lake City, SC and ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Mich