Talking about art in this way might implie that I'm on some kind of political quest. Something that is not very obvious just by looking at my works. You can rarely recognize a clear political statement in my individual pieces, it's more like interests of mine and issues I feel strongly about that more or less influence my working methods, motifs and expressions.
As an example. I have neuropsychological disorder in my closest family, which makes me actively engaged in issues concerning neruopsychological disorders like ADHD, Asperger, Autism, Tourettes etc. My Golem Game blog is a recent project that might be the most apparent expression of that engagement. The subject of the blog is an ongoing maybe neverending project of me singlehandedely making a computer game/app game on the theme of a manmade monster, made of Clay - Golem.
Läs bloggen här: golemgame.blogspot.se
The word golem occurs once in the Bible in Psalm 139:16, which uses the word גלמי, meaning " my unshaped form. In modern hebrew, golem is used to mean "dumb" or "helpless". Similarly, it is often used today as a metaphor for a brainless lunk or entity who serves man under controlled conditions but is hostile to him and others. " Source Wikipedia. So, the earliest Golem stories date to early Judaism and the bible. The Talmud uses the word as "unformed" or "imperfect" and according to Talmudic legend, Adam is called "golem," meaning "body without a soul" for the first 12 hours of his existence.
In most stories Golem is created to protect the jewish people from it's enemies, a fact that also gives the story an international political edge. Israelian fundamentalists has referred to the israeli nuclear program as the Golem project.He/she/it can serve as a metaphore for the excluded, all that are supressed in different contexts - like immigrant, woman or people with different kind of disabilities.
It is probable that the Golem story served as an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she together with friends fled the volcanic winter of 1816 into Lord Byrons villa in Switzerland. To amuse themselves they wrote ghost stories and told eachother in the night. This is where Mary started to write the story about Victor Frankenstein creating a creature of human body parts and waking it to life with the electricity in lightning.
Titelsidan till Frankenstein av Theodor von Holst, en av de första illustrationerna till romanen.
My Golem project also has resulted in some sculptural pieces, like this one named, Golem with the facial features of Downs syndrom. An expressivie piece and maybe uncomfortable because the way it is crafted but also because you cannot tell whether the figure is a grown up monster, an innocent child or a general misfit.
The supposed facial features of Down's syndrome are...
- Flat facial features, with a small nose
- Upward slant to the eyes (Mongolian)
- Small skin folds on the inner corner of the eyes
- Small, abnormally shaped ears
- Small mouth and enlarged tongue that tends to stick out
The hebrew letters on the forehead refers to the notion that once the golem had been physically made one needed to write the word emet (אמת, "truth" in the Hebrew language) on the golem's forehead and the Golem would come alive. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from 'truth' to 'death' (met מת, "dead").
So my Golem is currently dead but can possibly be brought to life by writing the missing letter on its forehead.
I haven't yet found the right context in which to exhibit this one.
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