Sutur / Torso
Glazed and handpainted porcelain. 2021-2023, and high fired bone-sculptures 2023
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Torso no 1
Size H 36 x D 20 x W 28 cm
Torso no 2
Size H 36 x D 18 x W 13 cm
Torso no 3
Size H 43 x D 19 x W 23 cm
Torso no 4
Size H 39 x D 40 x W 21 cm
Torso no 5
Size H 40 x D 23 x W 13 cm
Torso no 6
Size H 18 x D 32 x W 48 cm
Torso no 7
Size H 24 x D 28 x W 33 cm
Torso no 8
Size H 26 x D 26 x W 32 cm
Size H 16 x D 13 x W 13 cm
Size H 26 x D 13 x W 13 cm
Size H 28 x D 20 x W 26 cm
Size H 28 x D 20 x W 24 cm
Size H 10 x D 14 x W 14 cm
Size H 31 x D 15 x W 16 cm
Size H 25 x D 20 x W 20 cm
Size H 13 x D 21 x W 31 cm
Size H 10 x D 33 x W 29 cm
Size H 13 x D 29 x W 39 cm
Size H 17 x D 36 x W 28 cm
Femur I Tibia V
Size H 10 x D 23 x W 29 cm
Sutur is an installation holding 19 sculptures in porcelain. The sculptures are assembled by elements based on our internal organs and the skeleton.
The installation comments on the human urge to change a well-functioning body, and our desire to control nature.
The organs in the sculptures has been reshuffled and turned into new organ and skeletal formations. A modification of the body for an aesthetic purpose only, but which also challenges our perception of what is justifiable and ethical to do with the body.
The sculptures are assembled in a manner that gives interesting and unexpected expressions. The organ-sculptures are all glazed in a fair skin tone. Some of them have details highlighted in various shades, others are decorated with decals and luster. The bone sculptures are high-fired without decoration.
The Torso-series are assembled with seven of our most important organs: the heart, left and right lung, liver, stomach, small intestine and colon.
The sculptures Pulmonis (lungs), Stomachum (stomach), Cor (heart) and Intestina (intestines) holds one, or several equal organs.
Tibia and Femur are cast of the shin bone and the thigh bone, bent and assembled together.
The organs in the Torso are mounted according to this concept:
Torso no 1. Backwards. The organs are placed on the right place, but turned 180 degrees.
Torso no 2. Random. The organs are mounted randomly according to aesthetic and practical choices.
Torso no 3. Upside down. The organs are placed on the right place, but upside down.
Torso no 4. Upside down and reverse. The organs are mounted upside down, on the opposite side of where they are originally situated.
Torso no 6.-8. Random. The organs are mounted randomly according to aesthetic and practical choices.
The anatomy of the human body has always been a subject matter for artists to explore. Michelangelo (1475-1564) was dissecting corpses in a convent hospital, to gain a deeper understanding of the body's anatomy.
In 1801 a criminal named James Legg, was sentenced to death by hanging. Immediately after the execution, his body was nailed to a cross while still warm. The body was then flayed. This was done to settle an artistic debate to prove that most depictions of the crucifixion were anatomically incorrect. In the process of removing several layers of skin and tissue, plaster casts were made to preserve the results. The anatomical castings are now on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and has throughout the years been used to teach anatomy both to medical- and art students.
In the 70s, the German artist and anatomist Gunter von Hagens, developed a method to plastinate corpses. Plastination is a technique where liquids and biological tissue are replaced with a certain kind of plastic. This keeps the tissue in its original condition, without smelling or decaying. These bodies has been exhibited throughout the world, including Trondheim in 2017. The practice has been controversial and raised debate, especially due to the ethics.
It is claimed that the world's first genetically modified humans were born in China in 2018, the twin girls Lulu and Nana. Their genetic material was modified before they were born. The goal was to make them resistant to the HIV virus, as their father was infected. And it worked, according to researcher He Jiankui, at least in one of the two embryos. The technique used is called CRISPR, and makes it possible to cut out genes from the embryos and replace them with others. The experiment was performed without ethical consent, and researchers around the world reacted with shock and disbelief.
To undergo plastic surgery to change ones appearance, is nowadays generally accepted. Also our more private parts are subjects for beautification by undergoing labia plastic surgery. Removing ribs to obtain a narrower waist, is neither unknown. The now 33-year-old Pixee Fox claims to have been the first to remove six ribs, to resemble a cartoon character. She went through with her first plastic surgery in 2010. After hundreds of operations, she is still not satisfied with the result.
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