In Cups I explore the concept of body-memory and how trauma sits in the body. My previous explorations of human and animal body combinations represented the creation of new beings, but in this series the body parts appear incomplete. They symbolise psychological suffering and emotional content that conditions life.
The cups are inspired by scientific specimen jars, but instead of seeking scientific observation, they deal with the sentimental realm. By using cups as the containers, utensils that we drink from, I am reflecting on how humans interact with their emotive side. The chopped heads can be seen as a disconnection of the mind and body. Each cup has a different arrangement, exploring different stages. Mixing the body parts with wax was a way of “solidifying” the material, leaving some elements unseen and blocked from the outside world. This represents how humans can deal with emotional content, by hiding it, sometimes generating blocks in our lives.