Interactive Sculpture (found objects, wood, arduino microcontroller, bicycle pump, ultrasonic sensor, acrylic)
“Sad Bear” is an interactive and kinetic sculpture which investigates the physical and emotional responses we have when deprived of connection. The viewer is presented with a slumped-over teddy bear that faintly seems to be breathing. As the viewer approaches the work more closely, the teddy bear’s breathing becomes heavier and more noticeable as if his anticipation for their touch is building. By choosing a teddy bear—an inanimate object that typically provides positive associations—I am able to present the viewer with a behavioral mirror while also inviting them to connect.