Materials: wood, cyanotype
Beginning in 2021
With FORESTKIN I started a work that will never be finished. It is a forest that is growing. I plant/make trees and beings - sculptures and photographies that become one being: forestkin.
In FORESTKIN man, tree and animal merge into one being - forestkin. In the middle of this forest stands the sculpture "Cave Stool for Lion Man". It is only complete when someone takes a seat on it, becomes a sculptural entity with it: a hybrid being.
The Lion Man - one of the oldest sculptures of mankind made of mammoth ivory - is the artistic point of contact and Donna Haraway the philosophical one.
In Donna Haraway's sense, relationships are to be created between species that are not biologically related to each other in order to overcome the dualism between humans and animals. Haraway refers to the resulting being as kin. Kin is a connection of different species and possesses the ability to put itself with bodily senses both into the human life circumstances, and into those, with it sistered species.
The tree not only serves as a source of material for the wood sculpture and photography, but is also a place of hope.
Besides the sculpture "Cave Stool for Lion Man" there are other performative sculptures in this forest. They are called IKONS. They are dedicated to different queer people.
Here are some examples:
THE CRACK - JAMES TIPTREE Jr.
This chair sculpture has as topic the science fiction autor James Tiptree Jr. aka Alice B. Sheldon. On the surface is inscribed a quotation - which I altered - from Sheldon's biographer, Julie Phillips, which reads: "Around this time, for reasons unknown, he also underwent removal of the uterus."
Oak, oil paint, stain, ink.
Seat height approx. 42 cm / 17 inch