JEFFKOONS: Sometimes, I’ll think, “Why did I choose to work with a vacuum cleaner?” I would think part of it probably comes from a childhood experience. When you’re younger, one of the first machines maybe you come in contact with when you’re on the floor is a confrontation with a vacuum.
Your mother could be vacuuming the floor, and there you are on the floor, and “Err” this powerful thing. There’s a sexual quality, too. Both masculine and feminine, you could look at the vacuum cleaner. It can be quite phallic if it’s upright. Or you could look at it and that same shape it does as the bag that’s on the vacuum cleaner could actually be like a womb. Or they are like sucking machines. They’re breathing machines. Many aspects of them are anthropomorphic that relate to an individual.