"Be Me": plaster cast, 22 x 22 x 10 cm, 2022
The home sculptures "Be Me" are a visual remix and interpretation of the homonymous song by Andrew Smith / Jasen Loveland, an architect, musician, and partner in crime. The song was released at the end of 2020.
Background of the sculptures:
"The purpose of cleaning Fuji etc was to purify oneself." He quickly replied after I asked my brother-in-law, a Japanese Shinto priest, about the tradition of the Mount Fuji cult. "六根清浄", he added. With the help of my search engine I figure out, that "Rokune Purification" aims at "cleaning the six roots of perception", which includes the five senses as well as 意識 (consciousness). This form of purification can happen, for instance, by cutting oneself off from the busy world, possibly in the heights of a mountain.
Personally, I have not yet climbed the Mount Fuji, but I did discover many miniature Mount Fujis, called Fuji-tsuka, while I was working on a documentary film a couple of years ago. Those sacred artificial mounds serve as substitute pilgrimage sites for people who cannot make their way to the original one. There are about a hundred of them in Tokyo, and many more in the prefectures surrounding the Mount Fuji, located in yet barely traceable hideouts as likely as in popular public spaces.
As a matter of scale, the sculpture "Be Me" brings this sacred space all the way to your home, maybe onto your desk, window sill, next to your plant pots, on a shelf between some books and records, or onto the floor.
The sculptures can be acquired on a donation basis. Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram: @thumb_wrestler, or get them during my upcoming show:
April 8th-10th, 2022
“Encounters in Landscape”
Spoiler, Quitzowstr 108a, 10551 Berlin
Fri 7-10 pm
Sat + Sun 4-8 pm