Sculpture and installation

 

De zucht (The sigh), 2015

De zucht (The sigh), 2015
bandoneon, instruction label, wood, lacker
42 x 27 x 25 cm

Note / De zucht is a performative work in which air is involved. You hear one tone when you stretch the bandoneon and then, when you release it, with the help of the air valve, it’s as though you hear a sigh.
MvW: ‘At the time I didn’t know that the word bandoneon came from Heinrich Band, the inventor of the instrument and ‘Fueye’ is tango-speak for bandoneon, meaning “bellows”or “lung”. It was only after I had named the work, that I discovered that the so-called “suspiros” of this instrument literally means the sighing of the bandoneon.’

Sculpture and installation

 

Safe and sour, 2004

Safe and sour, 2004
wood, lacquer, nest, fibre, cotton
20 x 120 x 77,5 cm

Note / Safe and sour also came about as a result of Con vista al celestiale in Syracuse. As a memento mori, this sculpture refers to Vanitas paintings and above all to the devout life of Santa Lucia. Van Warmerdam associates the cotton wool-lined bird’s nest with the idea that a soft bed awaits Lucia in heaven. On responding to the legend of the martyr Santa Lucia, she says, ‘In my work I quite often react to places or the people in charge of the venue. Marlene often does the same on a historical level. So it was natural for us to dedicate our joint exhibition to the history of Syracuse, i.e. the local and the universal were brought together.’