HARVESTS FROM THE KRAAL
The series consists of life size figures accompanied by installations that revolve around wisdom teeth as fruit or seeds.
Regarding wisdom teeth, I began casting them in 2015, using them as symbols of personal growth and acquired knowledge. I believe that wisdom teeth express a sense of knowledge that is infinite, yet fragile. When wisdom teeth emerge in a person’s mouth, they can cause pain and discomfort, but the process is a metaphor for personal
growth and the acquisition of wisdom. I use cast resin (plastic) to multiply wisdom teeth, symbolizing the ongoing acquisition of knowledge throughout life.
Each of the life size figures is accompanied by harvesting devices designed to extract black wisdom (represented by black teeth). These devices are created from found objects that symbolize gendered labour and are shaped like ploughing devices inspired by cow farming. The devices prompt us to question what knowledge we should discard
and what we should keep. How much knowledge fills the gaps in our understanding? wisdom/knowledge/thought.
The devices serve as a metaphor for the machine like nature of the female body, which is often expected to work tirelessly. The compulsive accumulation of teeth and other adornments on these devices represents the idea of an always working body. This is also intentionally coupled with the compulsive accumulation of teeth and the general
compulsive adornment on these devices to symbolize the idea of an always working body.