The scope of transformations gives man the measure of his power, and the very itinerary of plastic gives him the euphoria of prestigious free-wheeling through Nature.”
― Roland Barthes
LE JEU DES NAINS JAUNES
Materbi consists of a 100% biodegradable corpse cover and has been stored behind glass since 2011. The work refers to similarities in achieving long-term conservation, both in art and in science.
Plastic can be considered as a highlight in the history of human dominance over nature. It’s an invention that emanates from an almost divine urge for transformation and imitation. However, this sublime product soon degenerates into the prosaic realm of household consumption. This supernatural produce of a superhuman aspiration clearly is a paradox. It raises question about ‘the sublime’, ‘perfectibility’, ‘emptiness’ and called for experimentation during a residency at Gouvernement, Ghent.