Wein (Sculptures)

 In the fall of 2020, I worked as a seasonal worker in an Austrian wine yard, together with my mother and other migrant workers. The sculptures are an embodiment of this experience, done in the following months. Relying on my  technique of papier mâché, where I am using only recycling papers, I first created small figurines, using the space between my palms, which both contains and also models their shape, making reffernce to the space and movment of the palms that the sezonal work of picking up grapes involves. Then the sculptures grew in size, and the shapes of the working bodies melted in the material, with the cast of my hands only hinting at bodies, going in or coming out of the papier mache mass. 
At first sight there is a temptation to see an ambivalence of either symbiosis or power play between the  working body  and the ‘nature’ of the material in the sculptures, sustained by the flowing stoney like shapes. However, the discrepancy between ‘productivity’ of the working-machine-body and its human status, connected to regeneration, is revealed as complicated and complex.

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.2), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

detail of “Erntehelferinen Stone (n.2)”

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.3), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2021

Erntehelferinen Stone (n.2)”

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.1), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.1): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.5): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.6): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.2): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

“Grape Picker (n.6)” with “Grape Picker (n.1)”

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.2), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

detail of “Erntehelferinen Stone (n.2)”

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.3), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2021

Erntehelferinen Stone (n.2)”

ERNTEHELFERINEN STONE (n.1), Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.1): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.5): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.6): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

GRAPE PICKER (n.2): Cosmetic packaging, water, Adhesive and skim coat plaster, 2020

“Grape Picker (n.6)” with “Grape Picker (n.1)”