DuetSoothe LX is typical of the artist’s work and explores the idea of human life within a technologized context. The work consists of an electronic baby swing with polyurethane resin attached. A stock image of a protein molecule included within the work epitomises the union of technology and human biology that stimulates the artist: Novitskova uses technology to show human life on a molecular level.
The sculpture, which resembles some kind of aeronautical buggy, rocks gently back and forth. The automated movement is soothing and suggestive, Novitskova shows technology as a cradle for human life and as inextricably intertwined with contemporary life. The machine is shown to literally support vulnerable human life. In a work from the same series created an apple logo in a synthetic orange material and placed it above an outline of the brain. The artist thus urges the viewer to consider the amalgamation of man and machine.
The artist researches ongoing revolutionary transformations of matter, social and informational processes in the present globalized world, developing personal strategies to render its future forms. In this work Novitskova suggests that technology has become a part of the evolutionary cycle.
With a background in visual semiotics, graphic design and new media, her works range from digital collages to sculpture and installation, collaborative projects and artist publications. In 2010 Novitskova released her artist book and curatorial initiative called “Post Internet Survival Guide 2010”. In her book the artist explains that ‘the notion of a survival guide arises as an answer to a basic human need to cope with increasing complexity. In the face of death, personal attachment and confusion, one has to feel, interpret and index this ocean of signs in order to survive.’
DuetSoothe LX embodies this anxiety and curiosity about the future of humanity in an increasingly technologized age.