Home is where the heart is
I was asked by designer Koen de Wilde to participate in his project “huisnr.” (see huisnr.koenst.nl). He is fascinated by the basic shape of a house and hands out little wooden houses to designers and artists so they can do their own thing with it.This is my contribution to the project. You can also see it on the project website:http://huisnr.koenst.nl/005
Obscured by Clouds
Author: Egor Kraft
Artwork consists of approximately 2700 badges, dimensions: 135×110 cm.
Courtesy of fond Ripley’s. Orlando, FL.
“The project is titled State of Mine. It is a self-portrait that attempts to represent a vision of various information about the artist, his ‘information contents,’ such as the multiplicity of his thoughts, interests, declarations, key memories. I have created a set of graphics to illustrate all of these aspects, the character as a system of signs — a language to be used as a template for the creation of my own ‘information’ portrait, that could be used to describe me. As a result I have produced about 2,700 badges, with a range of around 200 unique symbols. Badges seemed a perfectly appropriate medium to use here, as they usually display a subject with which their owner identifies himself. I placed each symbol/badge so that its arrangement created my physical portrait alongside myself in terms of information. The works name also describes the idea itself, playing on the english expression “state of mind.” “State of mind” means a concrete condition as to where someone or something is at a specific time. A mental state is a kind of state or process only possessed by and unique to thinking and feeling beings. Such a definition of an object’s condition provides its conceptual contents, that creates a self-portrait where each badge and its arrangement visualises the author’s personality in the period of creation”.