This is something I came across at Imm Cologne. It stopped me in my tracks and filled me with an inexplicable sadness. I was fortunate to meet the artist, Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen who told me the story behind his piece ‘Engineering Temporality’ and how it was made.
The story behind this piece is extremely personal. Tuomas’ grandmother, once a strong, bold woman, was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Tuomas describes the process as ‘unraveling the fabric of her life, knot by knot, and vaporizing the very core of her personality and life, her memories, and turning her into a shell of a human being’.
Tuomas made small rings by cutting tubular steel and connecting them to form a layer over a solid piece of furniture. He then set light to it.
Burning cabinet image by Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen.