Fluid

04Entrance

Fluid, 2002
Fluid
speaks about the circle of life. In its three stages, egg-like shapes give birth to the flower-liquid, which flows through the show. On the walk through the installation the viewer is first greeted by the death and then led through the life journey backwards. While passing through the mid section of the installation, the viewer’s presence is reflected in the struggle of life.
Aluminium. steel, fabric, polyester filling. ca. 54 x 54 x 144″

01Fluid-overview

Fluid, 2002
This flower liquid, after having run through the entire show, eventually, in death, the ultimate moment of relaxation splashes on the floor and runs out of the gallery space down the sidewalk.
Aluminium. steel, fabric, polyester filling. ca. 54 x 54 x 144″

02Front-view-left

Fluid, 2002
On the walk through the installation the viewer is first greeted by the death and then led through the life journey backwards.
Aluminium. steel, fabric, polyester filling. ca. 54 x 54 x 144″

03Bleeding-Closeup

Death, detail, 2002,
Aluminium, steel, fabric, polyester filling. ca 54 x 54 x 144″

05Bleeding-fingers2

Death, 2002,
Looking out into the street.
Aluminium, steel, fabric, polyester filling. ca. 54 x 54 x 144″,

08Flower-Tube

Death, 2002
The connection to the stream of life.
2002, Aluminium, steel, fabric, polyester filling

09Middle-View

Life, 2002
The elevated index finger stands for individuality and power. The two other characters are silenced and left to contemplate their fate in the silver lake that pours out from the finger’s tip.
Aluminium, steel, fabric, polyester filling, ca. 6 x 9 x 11ft.

10Couple

Life, close up, 2002,
Two silenced siblings contemplating their fate.
Ceramic, steel, fabric, polyester filling, styrofoam, fiber glass, mirror. ca. 6 x 9 x 11ft.

11Couple-Close-up

Life, close up, 2002,
Two silenced siblings contemplating their fate.
Ceramic, steel, fabric, polyester filling, styrofoam, fiber glass, mirror. ca. 6 x 9 x 11ft.

12From-back-of-gallery

Life, 2002
The elevated index finger stands for individuality and power. The two other characters are silenced and left to contemplate their fate in the silver lake that pours out from the finger’s tip.
Aluminium, steel, fabric, polyester filling, ca. 6 x 9 x 11ft.

13Finger

Life, close up, 2002,
Power and Individuality.
Styrofoam, fiber glass. ca. 6 x 9 x 11ft.

13Vases

Birth, close up, 2002,
A forest of eggs growing up into the air and merging with the river of life. The Eggs are also merging into the wall and becoming a tromp l’oeuil. Materials: Ceramic, fabric, paint. ca. 1 x 1 x 12ft.

14Tromp-loeul

Birth, close up, 2002,
A forest of eggs growing up into the air and merging with the river of life. The Eggs are also merging into the wall and becoming a tromp l’oeuil. Materials: Ceramic, fabric, paint. ca. 1 x 1 x 12ft.

17Vases-in-right-corner

Birth, close up, 2002,
A forest of eggs growing up into the air and merging with the river of life. The Eggs are also merging into the wall and becoming a tromp l’oeuil. Materials: Ceramic, fabric, paint. ca. 1 x 1 x 12ft.

19Casting-Eggs-clean

This is how the work looks in a perfect world!

20Posing-as-Moldmakers

Making my first slip cast plaster mold.

21Competent-Moldmakers

Gerhard Hahn and Tom Spleth were the most amazing teachers!!

22Open-Egg-Mould

It’s a beautiful object by itself.

23Eggmold-Closed

Ready for casting.

24Casting

This is the real world picture of the process!

25Splattered-with-Slip

On that day I got officially ordained as a member of the casting society:)

26Freshly-Cast-Eggs

Some eggs coming out of the mold and being left to dry before firing.

27Visualizing-Cylinder

Meanwhile I started making the cylinders for the middle part of the show. See the making of of those in the At Work section of Swiss Miss-a Gathering.

28Applying-decal

The finger in the foreground and me applying decals onto the eggs after their first firing.

29Hugging-Finger

I love my finger! In fact during that time 700 workers were losing their jobs at the factory, as they opened up a new plant in China. So many workers felt that this finger was really expressing their feelings towards the management perfectly well.

30Fingers-Ready

I love fingers, so I made some small ones also.

31Spraying-Finger

Tom the sprayer helped me with that perfect finish.

32Coming-back-from-Kohler

Oh wow! Coming back was a bit overwhelming!!!

33Clarina-Transporting-Materials

I usually transport my material purchases on my bike.

33.Chinese-bicycle

o.k. I can’t compete with the Chinese quite yet!!!

34Clarina-sewing-lake

Sewing the big lake.

35Clarina-stuffing-lake,-overview

And stuffing it.

36Clarina-under-bleeding-Fingers

And sculpting the blood stream.

37Ji-painting-up-close

Ji helped me paint the tromp l’oeuil eggs.

38Painting-pashionflower-Egg

This makes the sculptures melt into the wall and consequentially transforms the whole show into a three dimensional drawing.

39Mama-attaching-flowers-closeup

Even my mother came all the way from Switzerland to help!!