The foundation of this work is research about the psychology of the public mind and ideas from postmodern philosophy regarding the nature of ‘reality’ in today’s society.
The project starts with the notion of ‘the myth’. I investigated the idea that the mythical object is a tool that helps us understand or relate to our reality. A small piece of the Berlin wall can be used to symbolise and help process a big part of history - and as such it becomes an object loaded with a lot of meaning and emotion. I found similarities between the mythical object and what Winnicott named the Transitional Object, i.e. how the teddy bear is used by a child to be able to meet, understand and make sense of the surrounding world.
The aim with the project is to, in a similar way, construct an object that speaks of a much larger event than the object itself and inhabits a narrative that goes far beyond its form or function.
My thesis is that there are places and people that inhabit more narrative than other, or have a story that everyone can relate to. What if you are able to extract materia from this person or this place, and create objects of this materia? Could these objects serve as, or become mythical objects?
Through research, I learnt about Naoto Matsumura, the last man still living in the evacuated zone by the Daiji power plants in Fukushima, Japan. With help from The Foreign Correspondence Club Japan, I got in contact with Matsumura who showed great interest to collaborate. For four days I documented Matsumura’s day-to-day life inside the evacuated zone.
In an attempt to make use of the wasteland, which due to radiation has become useless, we collected soil from his rice fields to create symbols, reflecting the situation inside the zone. From this soil, I made a series of slightly radioactive food vessels, which are just as useless for their purpose as the land and the farmers of Fukushima.