Sculptures made from Human Ash

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 17 June 2010.

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Dutch designer Wieke Somers has created a series of sculptures made from the remains of humans, turning ash into sculptural forms via a process of rapid 3D prototyping.

Her project ‘consume or conserve’ seeks to incorporate symbols from 16th and 17th century vanitas still life paintings to remind us of the meaninglessness of earthly existence.

This point of view, she believes, is particularly important given the crisis we now face as our consumer-driven lifestyle starts to show it’s impact on the world. Here she has offered recycling as a way to imbue collectible items with emotional meaning, in the hope that we will question what our needs really are in the 21st Century.

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Miniature rapid 3D prototyping sculptures only 6cm cubed are on show at Object Gallery in Sydney.

Wieke Somers