Skeleton / Self-portrait 20

Skeleton / Self-portrait 20, 2012
materials: gold 18 carats, ebony, glass
dimensions: 50 x 30 x 20cm
Photographs on location:
Museum Vrolik, Amsterdam

The skeleton as relic
The veneration of relics has a rich history; in art we see examples of it throughout the ages. In this project I will explore the different manifestations and in particular the phenomenon of relic veneration.
In Self-portrait 20, a cast of my right upper arm bone (the humerus) in three kilogrammes of gold, I have already started to engage with this theme.