2018/2019, Neverneverland, Amsterdam, Holland
Sculpture, 76 cm × 30 cm × 26 cm
Unfired clay, concrete, chains, gold, wood and human teeth
Miriam Kongstad’s work is fuelled by a recurring interest in the human body and the social and political regimes surrounding it. From a socio-anthropological angle, Kongstad researches embodiment and affect, with specific attention to habitual and naturalized movements and their identifications in popular culture. As a synthesis of modalities and media her artistic output takes form as sculpture and installation, assemblage, sound, poetry and performance.
The sculptures manifest states where gender dissolves and become pure sex. They represent a mental state and space, suggesting scenarios where any form of culturally constructed forms of gender become irrelevant, as bodyparts merge into inseparable masses of flesh and desire. The religious aspects of the works do not only show in the form of the demonic/angelic portraitures and titles, they also appear through the stylised and decorated aesthetics, referring to (Christian) religious depictions while also using the mythological Putto-figure as inspiration.