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approx 300x200x100cm, 2021-2022

In this thought-provoking ceramic installation, nearly 300 casts of sugar beet roots, meticulously crafted from sanitary ceramic mass and glazed with sugar beet leaf ash, are purposefully arranged in a scattered pile. These non-productive production bodies, stripped of traditional features such as mouth, limbs, organs, posture, or expression, stand as an abstract representation of the idealized form of a muscular fruiting body.

Embedded within this installation, the ashes themselves become a compelling narrative device, silently bearing witness to the intricate processes of agricultural cultivation. Much like how the human body stores excess sugar as reserve fat, the brown hues of the ashes subtly reveal traces of copper, earth, and various chemical elements that the sugar beet encountered throughout its lifecycle within the framework of conventional agriculture.

By juxtaposing these elements, the installation prompts viewers to reflect deeply on the complex relationship between humanity and nature, particularly within the realms of food production and consumption. It invites contemplation on the environmental impact of agricultural practices, the interconnectedness of our choices, and the broader implications of our relationship with the natural world.

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