Aspire, an installation of seven kinetic sculptures, represents six incidents I had to resuscitate my son as a 3 month old baby. The shape of my son’s lungs was transformed into tree like reliefs reminiscent of the microscopic images of areolas. The leaves of these trees were made from x-rays taken of my son’s lungs in the months that followed. This acts as a reminder on the fragility of life, and the possibility of losing a life. These relief like works are all connected to pulse regulators which cause a fan to blow air over the leaves at intervals creating very subtle movements of the fragile leaves. Through this added dimension of movement the work refers to the experience of having my son connected to a lung machine while he was hospitalised.
“Een jaar een tamatie” en “Twee jaar twee tammaties”, represents two years that my son refused to eat any food after the trauma of not being able to breath. These works were made from casted acrylic and oil paint representing my son’s actual bowl and spoon.
“My Grey Apron”,was modelled from a photograph of my own toy nurse apron my mother made for me when I was 3 years old. It represents the shocking realisation that my son did not play Dr-Dr like I did as a child. For him this was a part of daily routine.