Esmée van den Akker
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Balloon suit (2015)

(Suit #2)

 

Video: 6.03 minutes

 

Fascinated by the play of covering and exposing, I created a series of so-called suits. The materials and shapes of the suits are different every time and the series is still growing. In the videos you see the artist (me), struggling to get into the suit. Slowly the human figure transforms into a sculpture. The artist as a human being disappears.

 

This suit is made entirely of black balloons. The bombastic cracking and occasional popping of the balloons leaves the audience in confusion; is it funny or macabre?