‘Can Machines Copy’ is comprised of 9 individually free-hand drawn works depicting the same image. The work’s title is derived from the first line of Alan Turnings Essay “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”; “I propose to consider the question, “Can machines think?” This should begin with definitions of the meaning of the terms ‘machine’ and ‘think.”1


Sheffer’s work investigates the perceived distinction between human and machine. Imperfection defines human production. However a mechanized reproduction is never flawless. Is a perceivable inaccuracy truer than an unperceivable inaccuracy?


Through ‘Can Machines Copy’, Sheffer asks to consider human action as nothing more than a mechanized process.



1. Turing, A. M. “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” Mind LIX.236 (1950): 433-60. Print.