Mariah Blue, Kathrin Graf, Lana Murdochy, Younwon Sohn, Amy Winstanley
Rongwrong, Amsterdam, 2022
Strangers explores where and how the boundaries blur between human and non-human bodies; how much we know and don't know those who are familiar, and the acknowledgement of entanglement with all we encounter. For a body exists in a contextual relationship to other bodies and our environments.
Strangers is an exhibition that explores relationships and the intangible and nonlinear collective histories shared through friendships and the act of making together.
For Strangers, I looked at the transformable and heat-resistant properties of the material alginate, molding compound made from algae. If you pour porcelain over alginate and fire it in the kiln at 1200°, it does not burn despite the high temperatures, but fuses with the porcelain to form a bleached, flaky surface that seems strangely alien.
I installed the brittle, thin-skinned elements in the gallery space to form an expansive wall piece that creeps towards the ceiling. Untitled addresses the ambivalent relationship to matter or corporeal and questions familiar material experiences.
Accompanying the show is a new comissioned text by Harriet Foyster.
The show is supported by Arts Council Korea (ARKO), Dutch-Culture and International partnership in Support of Arts Creation (ISAC).