Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld
Shamans Coat VI
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The print cow fur shows the inside of a space missile, which represents technology, science, and the future. Animals, here a cow’s skin, represents nature itself: the materiality of an animal skin embodies the wild, the ancestral, and the past. With its hanging circle form, the work looks like some sort of ritualistic portal.

Indeed Shamans Coat is a loose reference to the shamanistic practice of traveling to other worlds. Much like in science fiction the boundaries between technology and magic become porous, future and past are pressed together, and thus give some exciting imaginary space to enter. As the science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (UK, 1917 – 2008) said: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’.

Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Shamans Coat VI, 2016, Part of Shamanistic Travel Equipment UV print on cowhide © 2017 Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, SvW

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