The sculpture She gives life, we drain it is understood as a withdrawal in which idea and materials intermingle. This petrol pump, sculptured from [petrol-derived] industrial wax, stands as a petrified monolith. It is drained of its fluid energy, which constituted its sole purpose and has instead turned solid. The Content has now become Container. By the same token, the “black gold” has now been transformed into a white tactile substance. Signaling an artificial metamorphosis, the sculpture is converted into a fragile, mortiferous block, the bearer of its own loss. Its rough, unfinished form gives it a residual temporal status, like a past object’s firm archaeological clue.
Courtesy of Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek, Brussels.