The works in this series depict enlarged barbed wire with spikes that are almost the size of human fingers. Barbed wire is an image recognized by human kind all over the world in different cultures and geographical places. Wherever there are humans, there is always barbed wire. The barbed wire is a physical image of borders, metaphorically and realistically.
The works in this series use two materials to illustrate the multiple meanings within the image of the barbed wire. The first element is taking the physical image of barbed wire and enlarging it as if one would use a magnifying glass. The second element is the use of two opposite materials—the massive cast bronze and the delicate, fragile, and transparent glass. The juxtaposition illustrates the elusive and deceiving definitions of borders.
The circle of barbed wire in cast bronze is one meter (3 feet) in diameter, positioned 3-4 inches from the wall. When lit, it creates a dark and powerful shadow that echoes the strong form of the circled barbed wire. The full circle is a metaphor in many cultures of the basic cycle of life and death.
The glass circle of barbed wire adds fragility and beauty to the image. The lit glass has a glittering effect both in its form and shadow, different from the massive bronze and its ominous shadow. Putting the two circles in juxtaposition illustrates the many aspects of borders and boundaries.
The Duality of Borders
Society could not exist without boundaries. As individuals, we need to recognize the boundaries between ourselves and our fellow beings. What I want does not have to be what the other wants. What I like does not have to be what the other likes. What I prefer does not have to be what the other prefers. Tolerance of differences allows coexistence. However, that tolerance may be quite fragile and easily shattered.
Intolerance turns boundaries into destructive practices on individual and societal levels. Rather than respecting differences people may use them to devalue the other and subsequently, keep away from them, curb their rights, keep them out, kill them or even mass exterminate them.
The Barbed Wire Series addresses this duality.
Barbed Wire Glass (Detail 2) S
crystal, glass and lead, 70 x 25 x 20 cm
Barbed Wire Bronze Scale S
cast bronze and lead, for scale 135 x 135 x 25 cm
Barbed Wire Glass S
crystal glass and lead, 135 x 135 x 25 cm
Barbed Wire II- Circle of Barbed Wire