Wood is regional, wood is growing, wood is easy to handle, wood is light.
Forms can be carved in, easy tools to work with it. Noone has to dig in caves for it, it doesn't have to be transported for thousands of miles. I can go to the forest or garden, stoop and pick up a piece.
Wearing it symbolizes the connection between human and non-human beings.
My publication "Give and Take" deals with the habit of humans to use non-human beings for their needs. As a result and at the same time as a symbol for that behaviour occurs a shelf which gives the human the opportunity to collect more objects of nature and of desire.
In the following publication "Lo(o)se and Win" I picked up that object and transferred it on human society. Because everyone has that shelf. And between humans comes up a competition about the best shelf and a hierarchy under shelf-owners.
With building a shelf in the same proportions like in my drawings I wanted to include myself in that object of observation. At the same time objects out of the publication appear in the shelf like the anturie in the vase or the nest. The bird happens to be a poultry saussage as an exxagerated symbol for humans further processing of nature. The nest is at the same time a plate where we could eat the saussages from.
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