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SCULPTURE FINALIST 2016/ESTER POHL

The inspiration for this piece started with Jane Bennett’s book, Vibrant Matter...

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The inspiration for this piece started with Jane Bennett’s book, Vibrant Matter, and how a specific material can resonate with you, and ended with how the rubber of the tyre resonated with me.

The medium starts the dialogue with the viewer, having different outcomes and referencing different things for different people. Tyre rubber has varied associations: necklacing, loss, debris and transport.

I was transfixed by the process and the material itself – going on a journey, finding a tyre and struggling to cut it with my hands, making a cast and casting it in a basic 2:1 ratio. The cement, a material that is tangible and representing something that is real, is cast into a mirror-image of a tyre, which is known to be flexible and ridged – thus the concrete represents a lie.

The two materials have a connection: they are what we walk and drive on in this country, literally and financially.

The piece is hung as a portrait on a wall to evoke the power and status that portraiture conveys. It has an anthropomorphic effect and speaks of the power the material holds. The piece gives rise to ideas about material being the backbone of currency, the divide implicated by building roads, the loss seen on them and through the material in itself.

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