What if the mirror reflects a face you do not recognize? What if you felt a being within that is not you? How strong is the urge to break free from your own existence? How deep does alienation feel?
With this work, multimedia artist Katrin Dekoninck further explores the limits of human psyche. Whatever art form she uses: drawings, animation films or her monumental sculptures from the past ten years, the lonely person will always be her greatest source of inspiration.
Her sculpted bodies show themselves in all their vulnerability. They are not equipped for the blows that life gives. They withdraw into themselves, turn away from the outside world and, in her new series of "masks", also from themselves.
Tormented souls who struggle with their existence, who desperately seek answers: Katrin models them with a striking effectiveness in every detail, in every facial expression. They intrigue by their vulnerability and therefore do not leave you unmoved.
The sculptures were made according to a complex process of building up, shaping, cutting into pieces, hollowing out, rebuilding and shaping, cutting back into pieces, baking and rebuilding. A process that Katrin mastered throughout years of experimenting after a training in Montana City, USA.