Ich bin nicht aus Zucker | 2017
Sugar, 65 x 42 x 36 cm (lightbox 120 x 70 x 150 cm including cover), Overstolzhausen, Cologne, Germany.
The project is supported by the academy of media arts in Cologne. Exhibition view link.
Sugar is a raw material that lasts in a long period and I use sugar as material referring to immortality and fragile emotional status related to a German saying. In German, there is a useful expression ‘ Nicht aus Zucker sein ’.¹It means that you are not weak or sensitive. I found a psychological self-defense mechanism from it.
I cast my body with silicon, warmed up sugar with a double boiler, and poured it in the mold many times. The surface of this sculpture is made of sugar with a fragile structure. Each time boiled sugar is poured in the negative form of the body, the temperature difference causes cracks and refills them with new layers.
¹ e.g. A mother says to her child "you do not go out of the house in the rain. ", the child replies "yes, but I'm not sugar. " Since sugar dissolves in moisture, it is said that one is not sugar if one is not afraid of water and e.g. even without umbrella goes through the rain. (decademic lexikon, [Online], http://universal_lexikon.deacademic.com/278075/Nicht_aus_Zucker_sein, [Accessed: 13 March 2018].)