Emilie Flöge, 2014
Plastic skeleton, glass heart, glass beads, metallic thread, jewelry elements, wood, paint
Courtesy of the artist
For the past six years, the core of my assemblages has been the human
vertebral column. The spine reminds me of the snake, which led me
to think of metamorphosis, not like the butterfly, but more subtly as
when a snake sheds its skin. I built spines constructed of cast plaster
vertebra and clothed the hips of these life-sized pieces in skins of
accumulated objects – old bottle caps, watch parts, buttons – then
hung the sculptures from the ceiling to suggest ascendancy.
My current works are examinations of solitary women, real and
imagined, in an ongoing series called Cold Connections. It continues
the idea of metamorphosis, but is more prequel than sequel. The series
takes its name from the jewelry technique called cold connections,
the joining of items together without using heat. Thread and glue are
the fragile materials that bind each husk or chrysalis to tiny skeletons,
which themselves shield glass hearts within.
The assemblages are based on literary, artistic, natural, political, and
cultural ideas. Emilie Flöge is based on the portrait painted by Gustav
Klimt, her brother-in-law and close companion, whose work reflected
the Ravenna mosaics. I build not only on the trace elements we leave
behind as put forward by Marcel Duchamp, but also the evidence that
we have bumped into one another.
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