ietsnut / Zombification
We recognize the shapes we see here as (parts of a) human. We can see the hairs, nose, mouth, lips and teeth. The mouths are fusing and screaming, everything is moving.
This is a composition of processes to define zombies. The processes are the different types of exploration towards the final work. For example, visual research and experimentation around zombies, led to ideas about “life after death”, “memento mori” and “seize the day”. It shows that initially we only associate the concept of a zombie with death, and forget about other aspects like transition, life and being.
In the final work, death, dying, life and living are present, like they were in the processes to define a zombie. But now they are present in a different form, not physical or visual, but put in by my hand which remembered the previous attempts. The work became a transition, by not showing the start or end it should leave the observer in an eternal state of being moved, stretched, pulled.
As a spectator we are involved in this transition without being a part of it. We can peacefully observe it without feeling or sharing the emotions in it. Are we looking at a snapshot in time or at something stuck, frozen in transition? What exists outside the frame? What is its destination and origin?