My sculptures present a concept of the human — a transformative system with connections,
overlaps and entanglements linking the body to the outside world. Through the lens of new
materialism, systemic theories and my personal observations I put forward the idea that the human skin is not a border but an interface to the outside world.
I explore how new scientific insights, as well as social, economic and climate changes confuse the modern binary logic between human/object, animate/inanimate, nature/culture. In a time of shifting realities, I wonder how this actuates a process of alienation from the concept of the human and our personal bodily perception.
My works are made from everyday materials and objects like shoes, compressors and latex, along with devices found in public transport and/or medicine. Removed from their original contexts and combined together these items create a complex network of associations and circulating contexts. They are alienated from their intended function(s) creating a new species of anonymous entities.
Phantom Feeling, 2019
latex sheets, metal structure, clay, pvc tubes, vacuum compressor, tie-wraps, arduino
The work Phantom Feelings (2019) presents two solid bodies connected to vacuum compressors. Various materials interacting as a system, covered by an olive green skin (made from latex) which is showing traces and imprints of an anonymous inside.
The vacuum compressors turn on for a short interval of time to suck the air out of the bodies. This process makes the inside structure visible. The compressors turn off and slowly the bodies gaining air and the imprints becoming less visible. After a certain time, the compressors turn-on again. This process repeats itself after 10-20 min. The bodies become breathing creatures – a network out of materials in which every single part rely on a function.
I could also imagine to create a side specific piece for the show. The shapes of the pieces are variable, they could be also free standing objects in the exhibition space.