LOVEDOLL

[ with Elisabeth Van Dam and Laurens Marien ]

2014. Video.

A collaboration with dancer, sculptor, philosopher Elisabeth Van Dam, LOVEDOLL arose from the expressive figures of Van Dam's autobiographical neon drawings.

As the eponymous LOVEDOLL, Van Dam appears as a latter-day Faustian Gretchen, singing her mad love for her madness making loverman. Her song, a re-working of Schubert’s ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’, inspired by Goethe’s tragic maiden, was created in collaboration with Laurens Marien of Soldier’s Heart.

Bathed in the radiance and colours of a future-Flemish, hallucinatory medieval aesthetic, the metamorphic LOVEDOLL emerges in a fractured video space, with claustrophobic and expansive moments, both fertile and barren. She offers up her fruity delights, simultaneously childlike and erotic, carnal yet unreal, iconic and eclectic, glittering yet dirty.

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