Cups

Cups

A series of 5 dusty old cups each containing human or bird body parts. My previous explorations of human and animal body combinations in collages and sculptures represented the creation of new beings, but in this series the body parts appear incomplete. They don’t represent life or a creature but are symbols of human emotions and psychological suffering. The kind of emotions that can influence people’s life and condition our lives.

The cups are inspired in scientific specimen jars, but instead of seeking scientific observation dealing with the emotional realm. Instead of jars using cups as the containers, utensils that we drink from, reflecting on how humans interact with their emotional side.

With them I am exploring the concept of body memory and how emotions and trauma seat in the body. In some I mix the body parts with wax as a medium of “solidifying” the materia, altering it and leaving some elements unseen and blocked from the outside world.

One of the cups contains an upside down headless bird. Three other cups contain chopped heads acting as a symbol of disconnection with one’s body. One appears in a clear cup, another one is completely sinked in wax and a third one is peeking out of the wax. These different states can be different emotional stages. The last cup contains a handful of my own hair.