'Limb n° X32', 2017, digital collage. Work made in collaboration
with Yitzhak Mizrahi
Tchelet Pearl Weisstub
Tchelet Pearl Weisstub’s practice brings together theater and sculpture, primarily concerning the materialization of time passing. The remanence of her studio’s history gave Weisstub the feeling that the space was fully occupied by the presence of its previous inhibitors. This feeling and the recognition of the fast pace of object production made her question the necessity of creating “new” objects/ sculptures to fill the space. Weisstub decided, to research what was already present in the studio rather than importing preconceived concepts. In her current work the artist re-appropriates objects from the Rijksakademie’s historical art collection. Her training as a theater maker serves the foundation of her interdisciplinary practice in which she treats art objects as performers and vice versa within the exhibition space. It is the material relations, and at times conflicts, that animate them. By animating objects that are symbols of modernity’s achievements Weisstub questions the concept of the colonial interpretation of “animism”. According to Edward Taylor the term "old animism" refers to animists as individuals who are unable to understand the difference between persons and things. In Weisstub’s work the boundaries between fragile and lasting, barbaric and civilized, and symbolic and prejudiced collapse.