Tove Kjellmarks body of work is a continuous and earnest play with the mechanisms behind our ‘thinking’. Over a longer period of time she dealt with technoanimalism, giving rise to another type of animality, another type of nature but above all very delicately playing the affects of the involved audience.
In general her works circles around the human body. She uses traditional media as well as the latest technology, investigating new materials and aesthetics. When she started to dissemble mechanic and robotic toys she discovered that the toys became very vulnerable as their fur was taken off. The skinny machines had a very special attraction and Tove Kjellmark got interested in how they, as cheap machines, still could trigger our emotions. Elaborating with rebuilding these machines, using them in videos, making copies in other material and scale she went into the valley of the uncanny but also avoided it by rather creating something moving that brings care out of us, than something eerie. Often in collaboration with scientists (brain scientists and researchers within visual communication, philosophy, mechatronics, gender) she has started to create what she refers to Another Nature where the machine is a part of nature and equal to organic life.
The technical side of robotics doesn’t interest her significantly, on the other hand the existential. It reveals something essential about our anthropocentric outlook on the world. In her newest works where she uses, or rather missuse, scanners and 3D-printers, she is able to reach a result with a combined human and mechanic touch.