Ceramic, stainless steel & chemicals
15 × 30 × 15 cm
Edition of 5 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on certificate
Out of stock
about this work
With Tergum, Isabelle Andriessen made an exclusive wall sculpture in an edition of five copies. Each work consists of a hand-made ceramic form filled with chemicals that slowly crystalise. You could say the skin-like ceramic surfaces display signs of fever, tumours and rashes, as if infected with a virus. Andriessen calls these works “zombie sculptures” due to how their human-like metabolisms explore divisions between the living and non-living. In appearing to suffer from an unidentifiable disease, the sculptures mirror the processes through which organic and inorganic matter engender new forms of life.
Each work consists of a ceramic vessel and a stainless steel container to catch the dripping and oozing crystallisation.
about Isabelle Andriessen
Isabelle Andriessen’s sculptures incorporate a wide range of media, each of which have a differing relationship with time and the environment. Earthy, prehistoric materials like ceramics are combined with metals and industrial plastics, enabling a single work to simultaneously encompass past, present, and future. Through them, the artist advocates for a greater understanding of how time affects man-made materials in varying and often unforeseen ways. The artist further dissolves separations between her work and its surroundings through elements such as scent and sound. Through this body of work, Andriessen acknowledges that objects can be productive actors in their own right, and questions art histories that privilege human subjectivity.