I am holding it in my hand. I press it in between the tip of my two fingers, and slightly let it rest against the inside of my palm. I turn it around with my thumb. I feel the edges of the small wooden fibres of its solid, but fragile shape.
Then I place it in between the inside of my middle and index finger and easily flip it up and down between the finger pair to the next. Making it dance acrobatically, like my hand is attached to gymnastic beams.
The flame appears together with a crispy sound and a silent smell of Sulphur. The head of the stick is burning, the flame moves slowly and the wood inside turns black and thin.
It makes me think of Karl Blossfeldt photographs of plants and flowers in nature. It makes me think of the beauty of a withering flower. It makes me think of CO2 and global warming and burning forests in Canada, far away from my own small life.
We are constantly surrounded by objects, man-made objects, that earns a function in a constructed world, but how does we use the things arounds us? Are we aware of how it affects our social behaviour when new products are made every day. Creating and reproducing the shapes of familiar objects into sculpture pieces makes my version of what the world is today and what I might become. This is not a singular statement about global warming but a reflection about how I see the world right now, with all it’s objects and the results of how we choose to live in our world.
In my work Im interested to find out how we categorize and define objects. I can not tell the full story of when or how and when categorization takes place, but I can describe a personal or sometimes common selection of thoughts and considerations that I find essential in how we look at a man-made object. Some of my work you may be able to relate to and some you may not.
For me it is interesting how the rules of language determine how one sees, feels, uses and relates to objects.
History, language, material and function are all key topics in my work which unfold some of the seen and unseen secrets of an object. My object. I find it interesting how communication is determining and defining objects, and I hope you as the viewer will come to question the origin of objects as much as I do.
With my installations of sculptures I invite people to play and to remind ourselves that it is only ourselves that create the rules
It is my ambition to create installations that can capture the public and make them both rethink and wonder. Through playfull sensory works of art I want to speak to both kids and adults and engage them in a discussion about society. I want to create conceptual exhibitions that can travel internationally to reach as many viewers as possible, my goal is not commerce but to create experiences and afterthought. My work should be viewed outside ordinary art institutions as well ans in them. I have an exhibition coming up in a hospital in Amsterdam for 2019 and hope to be able to create more of that type of collaborations that includes more and excludes the common crowd less.
For who is art made? Not for only a inclusive crowd but for all who want to feel, see and grow.
Emilie Bobek, 2019