"Under Your Skin" (2020)

400 high x 150 width x 150 deep cm
Installation at Museum Arnhem
Ceramics, engobe, paint, wood of found furniture from the Bijlmer neighbourhood

The installation symbolises strategies for coexistence and survival within the urban landscape. It shows a series of ceramic portraits of dwellers from Amsterdam-Bijlmer neighbourhood and from Rio de Janeiro. The portraits are animated by the stories I heard. They represent diverse strategies to deal with the vulnerability felt within city life. Either passive or active, unbeaten or defeated. I chose to use ceramics because its texture refers to the metaphoric hard skin urban dwellers can develop in the interaction among each other. Ceramic heads are trying to find refuge and balance within the wooden structure. Some have the same colour as the dark brown structure, becoming camouflaged or somehow invisible.