Skull 3

Els Dietvorst


Materials: wood, loam

Collection: Courtesy of the Artist.

The third Skull (2015) was made during the ten days of the Moscow Biennal of Contemporary Art and was a metaphor for immigration, respect and human transcendence.

Sculpture is beside drawing, writing and video an important medium in my artpratice. I started the Skull-series out of disbelieve and anger on the black pages of human history. The Skull-sculptures became a metaphor for useless violence and a symbol for human respect, gathering and transcendance. 

The form of every skull is based on the Skull of a Neanderthaler. The Neanderthaler is often pictured in history as a brute but was peacefull and shared peacefull rituals.They vanished when modern humans arrived in Europe. The teeth in all of the Skull-series are human beings refering to 'us' the people. Mostly I use natural materials as wood, loam and clay to give the sculptures a fragile skin. The Skull sculptures also serve as a refuge, you can hide, shelter, meet in it. I see the Skull series as a strong symbol that links us and that belongs to us all, humans. I see it also as a fragile and at the same time strong metaphor against violence. 

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