I’m going into the forest

A rite-of-passage ritual. By developing these figures for the “Each reflection”-project from a year earlier based on personal interviews with living people over a long period of nine months a certain association or fetishism applied. The figures were created to represent the people they were based on and give them a voice, masking their identity. After this had been achieved the actual figures seemed to have fulfilled their purpose.

I was approached by several gallerists if I was interested selling the figures, but selling them seemed exploitative and taking advantage of my participants and what they had offered me to use in order to aid them voicing their life experiences to a wider audience, but not to make profit from it.

Further, in beginning of 2013 I had stopping using the image of the ‘bunny-ears’, developed this image during a research year at Seika University of Art in 2008, which I had used in all my characters til then.

For these reasons I decided to “de-ear” the figures in a small ceremony in the woods, liberating them from a symbol I no longer use and also at the same time making them unsaleable.
Thus “saving” the figures representing the youth this de-earing-process has a shamanistic element to it, doll play in its most archaic form.