Elfi Voermans

Sancta Sanctorium
2018
Mixed Media (Dried flowers, foamclay, shells, dried plants, plastics and embroidery yarn)
70cm x 70cm x180cm
A Holy Cross (detail)
2017
Mixed media (embroidery on textile, metal pipes and compression fitting)
60cm x 40cm x 140cm
My Dearest Sons
2017
Mixed media (fabric, epoxy resin, metal pipes and compression fitting)
160cm x 160cm x 80cm
I Have Told You My Secret
2017
Artist hair on wood in acrylic box
30cm x 30cm x 80cm
Out of the Little Box
2018
Smyrna knots, embroidery, tiles on wood
160cm x 120cm x 30cm

Relics of Motherhood

In my work I strive for a universal imagery, searching for the boundaries of the aesthetics and the macabre.

I reveal themes such as fear, decay, sexuality, religion, death and destruction, which play an important role in my research into ‘motherhood’. Besides my personal experiences, I represent, –in a kind of visual diary– the different roles of woman and ‘mother’ in current society. For that reason, I observe from a middle-class position, and infiltrate myself within those daily activities.

Above all, I feel an immense urge to preserve my findings. By placing myself (and my children) as subject, I translate my own experiences of society’s developments. Archetypes, historical figures and natural processes are prominent in creating my own universe, which I try to translate to the present-day. I remove objects from their original meaning, and view existing symbolisms from a different perspective. As a result, the line between the present and the past has become increasingly vague. My works often consist of separate elements, different techniques and media that together form an installation.  I would like to give the spectator the feeling that they are entering my personal space.

 

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Sancta Sanctorium
2018
Mixed Media (Dried flowers, foamclay, shells, dried plants, plastics and embroidery yarn)
70cm x 70cm x180cm
A Holy Cross (detail)
2017
Mixed media (embroidery on textile, metal pipes and compression fitting)
60cm x 40cm x 140cm
My Dearest Sons
2017
Mixed media (fabric, epoxy resin, metal pipes and compression fitting)
160cm x 160cm x 80cm
I Have Told You My Secret
2017
Artist hair on wood in acrylic box
30cm x 30cm x 80cm
Out of the Little Box
2018
Smyrna knots, embroidery, tiles on wood
160cm x 120cm x 30cm