while growing up my family and i moved around a great deal. i attended eight different schools across three contents before matriculating in cape town. i then attended the university of cape town’s michaelis school of fine arts, where i achieved a ba in fine arts, specialising sculpture, in 2012. since then i have been working to further my skills as an apprentice sculptor for the ‘bronze age’ bronze foundry. the gentleman series started simply as project in which i could continue to work with scrap metal as a medium, a medium which grew very fond of in my final year at michaelis school of fine arts. as for the subject matter, of baboons, i’ve always enjoyed using primates, as i believe there to be an inherent analogy to be drawn on with regards to the animal qualities in humans, and visa versa, the human qualities in animals. as such the gentleman series was meant to stand as a convergence between the imagery of the baboon, indigenous to the cape, and the mechanisation of human industrial culture.that being said, i feel that the gentleman series has evolved and changed, over the years, to reflect my continued interests in ‘bio-computing’ and the more intimate links between technology and nature. taking inspiration for the pages of george dyson’s “darwin among the machines” and martyn amos’s “genesis machines”, the gentleman series represents my own exploration into what machines and life. when does a machine cease to be a mere mesh of gears and starts being something more? similarly, is there a point that can be reached when nature and humankind take on the likeness of a machine? what implications would such a point carry? the present age is most definitely becoming one of increasing machine dependence.