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Performative sculpture, 40 min, 2017

A 13 years old girl was partially buried under gravel in a wooden box, she remained still for forty minutes.

This sculpture was inspired by the John Everett Millais painting “Ophelia” which itself refers to the character in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.

For this piece a living body gets embedded in a innert material that due to its granulate structure resembles the behaviour of a fluid. In order to generate the ideal conditions for contemplation I built a dark grey box to isolate this phenomena from the surrounding space and give it its own space. The static character of the non living materials emphasise the ephemeral nature of the girls body. The gravel for instance, moved slightly over the belly area trough the girls breathing. By counterpart the request to stay still and look in one direction generated involuntary tears in the girls eyes.

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