Reconstruction, 1999

mixed media
200x300x300 cm

I reconstructed the original forms of certain objects with traditional sculptural methods (by modelling in clay). The objects, like those restored and exhibited in museums, are fragmentary; the missing details have to be reconstructed for the sake of "understanding". Apart from the fact that the same technique was used to make them, the five different reconstructions (of a curtain, heater, chair, rock, and pedestalled portrait) are linked by the colour and the awkwardness of the reconstructions. The reconstruction always remains fictitious, as if the original functions and forms of the objects were lost due to an accidental or conscious misunderstanding; in this way the reconstruction itself becomes problematic.