These works offer interactive, multi-sensory experiences, exploring a misalignment of superficial observation or expectation with a reality informed by further evidence-gathering. My pieces borrow, reference, and build upon elements of utilitarian objects and musical instruments in combination with my own invention and aesthetic sense. These become objects of play, a significance contradicted by the appearance of fine craft and use of materials like brass, wood, and leather, which speak to the various ways they can be seen as tools, instruments, or apparatus. Seemingly familiar and purposeful, while also inscrutable and slightly absurd, they are open to the viewers’ exploration. The full experience of the work depends upon its physical activation. This encounter with touch and, especially, sound – intangible and ephemeral products of the works’ mechanics and physicality – provides further evidence that may corroborate or challenge viewers’ initial impressions or expectations.