“We make automata.”
Chris Chomick and Peter Meder
This answer to the question of our employment usually leaves the inquirer with a puzzled look on their face as they mentally try to decipher the meaning of our statement. “Automata, what’s automata?” Our response of, “we make moving figures” turns a light on; “Oh, like those dancing Santas, I have one of those.” Technically correct, but not really the same thing.
“Our design process starts with an attitude. We find inspiration in strange and unusual imagery; beautiful, but disturbing, intriguing yet provoke feelings of uneasiness. Interesting faces encountered on our travels, outrageous hairstyles, centuries old religious icons and ornately embellished wax effigies; these are the creative seeds for many of our figures. When we come across an interesting item, we wonder, “Who would wear such a thing?” and design a character that would.”
About Chris and Peter
The husband and wife team of Peter Meder and Chris Chomick have been working together for forty years. They met in 1978, while employed as clerks in an art supply store in the Chicago loop and discovered their mutual fascination with puppets, stop-motion films, and mechanical toys.
Inspired by their interests in puppets and animation, they immediately began collaborating on various projects; one of the first being a stop-motion animated puppet of the Dutch Boy for Sherwin Williams Paints. This began a career creating special effects for national television commercials.
Max Oscar Arnold Award
In creating their figurative artwork, Chris and Peter combine the knowledge and strengths of their different art backgrounds to create their own unique form of figurative art and automata. They each have defined rolls based on their individual skills: Peter builds the interiors and supports (armatures, mechanisms, display boxes) while Chris creates the exteriors (sculpting, painting, costuming).
Chomick+Meder’s work has been featured in various national and international art doll and automata publications, and is included in many private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. In 2018 they were given the golden Max Oscar Arnold Award in “Category 13. The best overall work of an established artist” by the Cultural Council of Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany.
Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA), St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida CraftArt, St. Petersburg, Florida
National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA) Elected 1997 as Artist Members