I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together – the process is entirely cold assembly. I do not introduce any part to the assemblage that did not come from a typewriter.
I collect typewriters (all vintages) that are in very rough shape, more-often-than-not completely unusable or beyond reasonable repair. I get them from yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and from my friends who happen upon them and think of me.
I then disassemble the typewriters, very carefully backing out screws, pulling pins, and unfastening springs. I don’t use power tools to do this, because I don’t want to damage the parts or their finish.
Someone could take 99% of the parts that I use in my sculpture and put them back in a typewriter, if someone were so inclined.
Artist Jeremy Mayer.