Foreign Bodies

Stones, ceramic, textile, woolen blankets, europallet, cast iron
100x50x60 cm

Groupexhibition curated by Tena Bakšaj at Alte Handelsschule Leipzig, part of the PILOTENKEUCHE artist in residence

The installation ‘Foreign Bodies’ is based on the idea of all living beings having some kind of body: stones, trees, plants, and so on. The installation consists of real stones, stones made of textile, one made of cast iron, and ceramic stones, which were cast in molds I made of the real stones. The stones become fragile and hollow in the ceramic, no longer the heavy solids we always imagine them to be, symbolizing the vulnerability of the landscape that always seemed stable, unchangeable.

They also become soft and pleasant as made from textile, and even more heavy in iron. I left the lines of the mold visible in the ceramics and the iron stone, to emphasize the human element, the production lines imposed on natural forms. The same production element is accentuated with the Euro-pallet, ready to be shipped.
I used the leaves of the recognizable Monstera plant on purpose, reflecting on the new ways nature has become a part of our life’s based on interior photo’s on Instagram. The woolen blankets are also part of the human element, the soft part of taking care, but can be used as well to cover up or to hide behind.

The whole installation shows the ambiguous relation between man and nature; the way we see the landscape as a producer of raw materials on the one hand, but how we are part of the landscape as well, not separate from it. Our human body is part of nature, as any other body.