Categories for Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire (2022)

An art and antiques fair is designed to seduce. In the catalogue, exhibitors present their showpieces: centuries-old objects, rare (and therefore valuable) because they are free of signs of wear and tear, as if they have somehow escaped time. A Persian carpet looks as if it has barely been walked on; 17th-century porcelain as if it were made yesterday. By purchasing such an object, a visitor of the fair can imagine him- or herself an heir to a glorious tradition and the status that comes with that. But by cutting up the catalogue you can also ‘own’ them in a way. By ‘stretching’, fusing, and warping the images, I have made these valuable objects my own. They are now fluid, reminding us that objects always transform as they move through time and space.

Object of Desire 10 – Vaasje, 15 x 20 cm.