12.2017 — 05.2018

Supported by AFK— Site-specific installation at W139, Unspoken We exhibition — w/ help of Butterfly Pavilion (Artis) and Prof. Astrid Groot (UvA)

The work responds to ongoing explorations into necromones and smells of metabolic waste, secreted when butterflies exit the chrysalis. It reacts to the simulation of tropical environments within butterfly houses, programmed for public entertainment and sustained by the mass-farming and trading of insects.

Linnaeus named the adult butterfly imago, considering it to be the ‘true representation’ of the organism, as opposed to the larva, meaning ghost in latin. The title “Looms (unborn)” traces such transformation and the emergence of imagos as images: from the formlessness to the formed. It follows an interest in the notion of transmutation, as in the alchemical maxim ‘solve et coagula’ or dissolve and coagulate, where something must be broken down before it can be built up. Larvae assume their own disintegration inside the chrysalis, becoming a formless ooze and making way for new growth, whilst crossing international borders. Forms of biological mess, so odd that we don’t have a place or sense for them.

Woven threads are held in place temporarily, they have an inner feel for one another. Woven smells into the gallery space, respond to these structures of phantasy and fragmentation. Produced through transmutation, they are reminiscent of an interplay of space, as leftovers of parts once imagined and reconfigured outside of their limits.

2018, SCL