Syntethic Ivory

  • Synthetic Ivory | 2006 | exhibition view | room I
  • Synthetic Ivory | 2006 | exhibition view | room I
  • Paradise is here (Installation) | 2006
  • Paradise is here 2006 I detail
  • Synthetic Ivory | 2006 | exhibition view | room I
  • Kangaroo Dream | 2006 | 80 x 156 x 60 cm | plastic bags
  • Vanity Flair (detail) | 2006 | 100 x 240 x 50 cm | plastic bags, wood, metal
  • Synthetic Ivory | 2006 | exhibition view | room I
  • Special K | 2006 | 51 x 32 x 60 cm | plastic
  • Synthetic Ivory | 2006 | exhibition view | room II with CON Mouse | 2006 | 45 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Ich bin doch nicht blöd (detail) | 2006 | 68 x 32 x 30 cm | palstic bag, card board stand
  • Transfusion Room | 2006 | Installation | 120 x 160 x 60 cm | Platic, wood
  • Transfusion Room (detail) | 2006 | Installation | 120 x 160 x 60 cm | Platic, wood
  • cult | create yourself | 2006 | 30 x 50 x 36 cm
  • Synthetic Ivory- Drawing installation 2006 I 120 x 190 cm I Ink on paper
  • Synthetic Ivory I Painting installation 2006 I Oil on canvas
  • Untitled 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Kokett Monkey 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Oxidizer 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Dog 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Duck | 2006 | 29,5 x 21 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Barcelona | 2006 | 29,5 x 21 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Chance 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Not your food| 2006 | 29,5 x 21 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Untitled 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • J'adore 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Untitled 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Kokett Duck | 2006 | 29,5 x 21 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Untitled 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • Untitled 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper
  • You are the winner 2006 | 29,5 x 42 cm | mixed media on paper

Plastic shopping bags, plastic trash bags, plastic food bags, plastic packaging bags… a whole disposable plastic jungle of commercial messages, symbols, icons, references, labels radiating the spirit of delusion… the metaphors of human existence.

It is interesting to observe us carry our universal synthetic witnesses of what we buy, do, eat, pretend, wear, read all over the world and find them even more numerous as the leftovers of an excessive consuming society: discarded, caught in fences, trees, waterways and digestive systems of animals.

The polyethylene messages represent a very contemporary approach of communication and they do enclose a high prospect to tell a story. They are cheap, of no value and so ordinary that they almost become ignorable. Yet they are influential. They embody what the commercial world wants us to be(come), to believe, to feel, to hope for, to like, to need… the disposable plastic gods contribute to turn nonsense into essence in our society and are a reflection of the absurdness of a modern mass culture.

I have always been tempted to experiment and investigate with materials and themes, which offer possibilities to bring my work close to the atmosphere of life. I do not search for explicit political criticism neither for moralistic and admonishing references; instead though for bringing things in an inquiring, confrontational and existential way. For that reason, I was intrigued to introduce these synthetic artefacts of every day life, accumulated over the years, in my work.

Plastic is a fascinating and often challenging material to manipulate. Sometimes it is extremely thin, fragile and tears up easily or sometimes it is very intractable.

By cutting up the plastic bags and often combining them with other materials such as metal, porcelain, fabric, cardboard, clay, wood
I strive to re-create the colourful prints and designs in another reality.

This takes form in installations, sculptures, collages, interpretations on paper, canvas and digital prints.

• March 25, 2006

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