Catch

A little boy fishing with a bamboo cane looks cute. He will never be able to catch anything with his simple fishing device and is only fishing for fun.

However, the project named 'Catch' embracing large 3d-printed sculptures and inkjet prints shows angling as a bloody battle. The little boy is still fishing with a bamboo cane, but now he definitely hooks something.

The Ouroboros Child is a large sculpture showing a hybrid between a child and an earthworm used as fishing bait. The child has caught his own earthworm tale and seems to struggle in vain to get free.

Another sculpture named Medusa Child shows a child aggressively riding a giant earthworm that is hooked too. But the child is actually a freak having earthworms as hair. He seems unaware of the fact that all living beings are connected to each other and that he is hurting a member of his own family.

The objects are followed up by inkjetprints showing computer generated imagery. All the pictures depict children confronted with waves of red water. Or maybe it is the blood that is spilled in the act of angling? The waves assume strange shapes that the children cann't cope with. In one of the pictures the water even looks like a face that seems just as frightened as the children themselves.

The project can be seen as a kind of modern allegory of loss of innocence and it emphasizes the tragic conditions of life we all have to face. We cann't survive without killing other organisms, we never come to an understanding of our own existence. Just as the red water waves depicted in the pictures our lives always develope in ways we cann't predict.

However, studied carefully, the project cann't be reduced to simple messages.

It seems logical that  the child is afraid of the water, but why does the water itself turn in to a frightened head?

Medusa turned to stone when she saw herself in the mirror, and so The Medusa Child sculpture may suggest that we are scared of mirroring the aggressivity of the child, because we are confronted with a terrifying picture of our own true nature. But then again, the snake hair has been replaced with earthworms, so perhaps the child is not dangerous at all and may be a kind of wictim just as the worm he is riding.

'Catch' consistently plays with the viewer’s doubts and is filled with ambiguous messages. Every time we think we have understood the points, the project challenges us in new ways. The compositions are simple, the computer generated imagery is crystal clear, but despite the apparently simple artistic concepts and motifs the works are gateways to a world that turns out to be far more complex than anticipated.

 

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