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Fascinated by phantasmagorical underwater creatures, they populate my imaginary and my art. They are the other, the strange, the otherworldly. As our bodies determine our experience of the world, they remind me of the tragic impossibility to be another sentient being than oneself.

 

The urchin can be repulsive to us because of its dark colors and spiny aspect. On a closer view, it is a different animal that we get to discover.

 

The urchin has five tongs and five teeth. It grinds and swallows its prey through a complex mouth-apparatus that is named Aristotle Lantern after the Greek philosopher’s study of the animal. Observed under the microscope, the voracity of the small animal looks monstrous and beautifully sensuous. From close views, its spines look soft, velvety, and lubricant at its edges, like a myriad of phallic organs trying to sense their external environment. Recent scientistic researches show that they have light-sensitive molecules at the end of their spines. The entire surface of their body act as one big eye. The more spines they have, the sharper is their vision.  

 

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MOTHER

Water painting, 2019

SELF-PORTRAIT

Water painting, digital drawing, 2020

SISTER IS A TRAVESTY

Water painting, digital drawing, 2020

FAMILY PORTRAIT

 

FAMILY PORTRAIT is a series of mixed analogical water and digital paintings inspired by the shape of the urchin. Based on the phantasmagoric and sensual look of the underwater creature and on the knowledge of its highly developed sensorial systems, Iri developed a comical visual world that reflects her relationships with the female figures of her family. 

Tapestry, 2019

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ARISTOTLE LANTERN

Tapestry, 2019

Burlap, oil painting, copper, cotton thread 

2,20 X 1,20 cm

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Sculpture & Video Installation

Urchin shells, video, wood, table, chair, plaster hands sculpture, Johann Grimonprez book Looking for Alfred

DO URCHINS ALSO DREAM? 

School of Visual Arts, New York, 2019

DO URCHINS ALSO DREAM? transliterates a dream that Iri had as her mother brought her some urchins to eat one day. She puts them in the fridge to eat later. She did not want to eat them that night and neither the next days. Each day, she started to develop anxiety about that leftover living food in her fridge. Not wanting to face the living or dead urchins in her fridge, she started to have this recurrent dream in which the urchins were trying to escape through the window of a living room leading to an ocean floor, dripping electric blue blood as they would pile up and climb the wall to reach the window. 

Two-screens video installation

150 x 50 (X2)

ARISTOTLE LANTERN

School of visual Arts, 2018-2019

Urchins have a fascinating body to which Iri likes to identify physically and metaphorically. These videos show close-ups of the animal body parts shot through a microscope at the Bio Lab of the School of Visual Arts in New York. They unveil what is not visible to the naked eye: spines that look like male sexual organs and a mouth made of five tongs and five teeth that look like a female sexual organ with a complex mechanism of absorption and castration. The work was exhibited at the SVA summer residency open studios 2018 and 2019.

© 2020 par Iri Berkleid