A Stream Of Thoughts To Detach Us From The Current
A stream pf thoughts to detach us from the current
chewing gum and mobility textiles
Mobility Textiles such as Plush for train seats are a material that serves easily as a connection to our memories and expectations of travel. They carry our bodies softly from A to B. Working with Lantal Textiles, I started a series of drawings using Chewing Gum on the fabrics. Chewing (gum) is waiting and contemplating to me, something to do while in limbo. Also a short moment of fresh breath. The lines marking the fabrics are made by pressing the chewing gum on the plush surfaces, as we all have done secretly on busses before. While experimenting with the gum, I found myself as much invested physically as in a large-scale graphite drawing - instead of my arms, my mouth was doing the work.
The motives such as palm trees were intuitively chosen to represent emotional attachments to dream locations that exist maybe online but never feel the same once we arrive.
color pencil and reflective gore-tex on paper
Based on an image web search for "perfect place" "dream destination" etc., I started to sketch with the images digitally on an Ipad. The final drawings integrate movements we do with our hands and tools when retouching pictures in photoshop or in digital drawing programs on smartphones or tablets.
The Ipad as a tool allows zooming in till the bitter end of pixels, which became my most used movement. This way, I was able to examine the colors on-screen and to find a representation of digital color, therefore the works include a sort of digital flatness, blurriness, and enhanced colors. As a final layer of drawing, a reflective fabric (for protective visibility in the dark) diffuses the images. Depending on your movement and the light, the reflecting fabric changes from dark graphite to luminant bright white.
These works are an approach that follows ideas of our emotional attachment to nature, mobility, daydreaming.
Stone paper is resistant to water but will crumble into dust on exposure to sunlight (UV).
For this body of work, I started to built Oudoor Equipment such as inflatable boats, swim loops, air matresses or parasols as replicas. Following the original design, size and built of the objects, the replica sculptures lookalike, while they keep the smooth, leatherlike texture and white color of the stone paper. They seem like a blueptrint or an idea of the objects.
Using stone paper as only material includes, that the sculpture will (one day) dissolve because of sunlight. This leads to the question if the sculptures should be kept in the dark forever. The pieces can be displayed outdoors and therefore unprotected, the process of dissolving can be speeded up by exposure to UV-B lights, or the pieces can be preserved in artifical light settings. As with many of our holiday memories, it is questionable how sustainable (or dissolving) these practices are anyway. Maybe these toys belong to an outrageous past.