“WindUp” (Interactive kinetic ceramic sculpture, 2011), is a sculpture that combines playfulness and anxiety. It speaks about fragility and fear of letting go in relationship.
The viewer encounters a life size ceramic sculptural installation that works as an enlarged windup toy. In the installation there are two figures; one of them is a male figure with a key in his back. From his chest a thread goes through his fingers to the back of the second figure, a blindfolded girl.
When the viewer turns the key three times, the thread pulls the girl figure till it reaches a danger point and then releases her. The sculpture is interactive in a magical way. It will only move if the viewer chooses to become part of the art work and wind the sculpture up.
The body of the sculpture is made out of ceramic clay. The crackling glaze on the figures surfaces increases the feeling of the vulnerability of the sculptures in the installation. Their bodies are heavy and fragile. All of this creates interesting tension between the mechanical movement of the sculpture and the fragility of its material. The machine inside the ceramic body is a combination of mechanical and digital systems: a strong motor, mechanical construction, sensor and a circuit board. It is echoing all sorts of small mechanical windup toy mechanisms.
During the exhibition the audience felt the need to “play” with the installation over and over again. Every time the thread pulled the figure and then released it to a rocking motion it created a “catharsis” feeling.
This work was created and developed with the technical help of:
Schrikdraad Elektronisch ontwerp ,
The EKWC s'-Hertogenbosch,
& with the financial support of The FONDS BKVB, NL.
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