Fired alginate and porcelain, nails, variable dimension
Untitled was created in the course of the group exhibition Strangers at rongwrong in Amsterdam. The fragile objects now extend over the entire wall.
Untitled is made of porcelain and alginate, a molding compound made from algae.
The initially gel-like mass dries uncontrollably into a thin, stiff "skin" that takes on a shape of its own, which was subsequently covered with porcelain and fired in a kiln at 1200°. Despite the high temperature, the alginate does not burn, but fuses with the porcelain to form a bleached, flaky surface.
The firing process causes the material to scrub, becoming brittle and fragile. The originally cohesive alginate mass gradually separates in the course of the working process, becoming autonomous and connected at the same time.
As is often the case, chance or the momentum of the material is a permanent companion during my work process.