Whole Alone IIWhole Alone II
perfomance, installation: porcelain, egg cartons, waterbed, metal, eggs, gemstones 2015
The artwork was produced for Frieze New York 2015 Frame section. The center of the booth was occupied by a half-full waterbed with a giant porcelain turtle shell on top of it covered in luxury and statement accessories, like an iPhone case. Towers of egg cartons, filled with eggs, each carrying a miniature version of the turtle shell on its “rooftop” were surrounding the water bed. There was a porcelain tiger separating the bed from the “city” of egg carton tower blocks and visitors crowds. Every day of the fair, the artist stayed inside of the turtle shell, only her arms and legs visible, being completely still or sometimes moving gently along with the bed. The installation delved further into Lemsalu’s exploration of artistic presence in a slightly more sci-fi psychedelic setting, that is characteristic of her recent shows like “Lord Got To Keep On Grooving” (2014).
The ceramic part of it was created in Estonia in anagama oven in early 2015. Most of the ceramic elements are produced by molding objects from artist’s collection as well as special artist’s technique, which allows the author creating hyper-realist, but rather fragile textile texture, such as body of the toy-tiger in this particular installation.