Artist Statement Mette Sterre
"THE PURPOSE OF A MYTHIC NARRATIVE IS TO MAKE THE WORLD INTELLIGIBLE, USING MAGICAL MEANS TO RESOLVE THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LIFE. “
I research how far we can contort and skew the ‘natural’ human body in order to form a new form of ‘ethics’. I'm an artist focusing on performance and sculpture. I create sculptural costumes on the of border of the uncanny and the grotesque.
My practice indicates a graver concern with society’s anxieties, instead avowing to remove the privileged thinking of the human as the Master of the Universe. Utilising my DIY-prosthetics, my work is a call-to-arms to break away from the Western obsession with the sanctity of the human form. My work “inscribes a certain teleology of liberation, facilitated and authorized by the artist as an agent of social change and a
source of moral anxiety.”
My plea is to co-exist with technology, to ally with it and fashion new ‘assemblages’, connections which constitute what the body might be, following the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, the body without organs.
I believe there's a strong connection with the manual labor and the experience of becoming these meta bodies, to produce something other worldly, tangible and frictional experience by hand.
These creatures are made through an elaborate period of intens repetitive labour. They can take up to half a year to be constructed. They cover the wearer from head to toe, covering the face and restricting movement and eye-sight. They are heavy and hot to wear; all these limitations add up to their transformative power, covering up gender, background and race.
By anthropomorphising these accessible materials is a political act of resistance; to produce in a timemconsuming and labor-intensive way, I show the body's abilities to take ownership, linking up to folkloric and carnivalesque traditions of temporary autonomous spaces.
By putting these costumes at the base of my performances, they become the means to link the notion of motionless sculpture to the liveliness of the performers. They are both an act of revelation and concealment, as it shapes action while simultaneously disguising the body's form and texture. After creating a new body language for these non-human bodies, a narrative is developed through play and improvisation. The final layer for the performance is the music that functions as sonic set.