“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 begins with an attitude. We draw inspiration from unconventional and captivating visuals that possess both beauty and unease. Whether it is exotic faces discovered during our travels, dramatic hairstyles, ancient religious symbols, or intricately adorned wax figures, these unusual elements serve as the foundation for many of our creations. Whenever we come across an enthralling object, our imagination immediately begins to envision who might wear such an item, and then design a character that would.
About Chris and Peter
The husband and wife team of Peter Meder and Chris Chomick have been collaborating for over four decades. 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.
Florida CraftArt, St. Petersburg, Florida
NIADA An International Artist Organization. Elected 1997 as Artist Members