Obbe van der Weide – IDOL
We live in a time of idolisation; becoming spectators and damaging our physical connection to the body. What happens when our connection between body and mind is disrupted? We seem constantly distracted by our persona and digital existence. My art is conscious of commercial presentation and stems from a fear of alienation and body dysphoria caused by commercial and idealistic formatting.
"For my practice, it is important to see the value of embodying fears and emotions and shared body awareness. It made me interested in the role of a monster; using the body strategically to communicate negative by-products of the times we live in. To externalise the things that exist at the edge of my consciousness. To create a body language. This works purifying for me and serves as a reflection on sublimation in society."
"An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. My idols are hypothetical objects of worship, with digital commerce as our god. It poses the question whether digital commerce is a modern god, and what morals and philosophies are entailed by this new god." - Obbe van der Weide
The exhibition was co-sponsored by Pulchro Sacrum.