The Wrestlers, edition of 5, 2021
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The Wrestlers (MISA)
The Wrestlers is a virtual NFT sculpture developed in collaboration with Museet for Samtidskunst / the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark. On MISA the virtual sculpture is represented as a GIF.
In another time, or very much elsewhere, there was a sculpture. It was made by a woman so therefore it depicts women.
I wish to test if it is possible to reshape Western cultural history without entering discussions on the norm body or objectification of women. To my, the wrestlers are avatars without sex appeal. The project is of course shaped by my personal cultural viewpoint, and thus by definition it is Eurocentric. My focus is open-source sharing and feminist discourse set in motion through the act of making. And my motivation is deeply personal.
The sculpture's main intent is to ask you to look inward and learn to lean into love. Frozen in time on the blockchain, these women represent competing hormones within the human body: oxytocin and adrenaline. Inspired by a classical sculpture at the Uffizi in Florence depicting two men wrestling, these female figures (oxytocin and adrenaline) are set in a timeless virtual space. A sculptural idea created in antiquity, developed through a painful human experience, and reborn in the metaverse as women who now live into eternity as NFT explorations in the blockchain.
For women, oxytocin (the “love” hormone) is released during hugs, sex, and, especially, after childbirth. The opposing hormone, adrenaline (the intense, “fight-or-flight” hormone), is released under stress. The sculpture The Wrestlers suggests that these competing hormones cannot be present in the human bloodstream at the same time. It must be one or the other. One has to win. Let your awareness of this battle change you, so that your blood works for you and not against you.
To me this NFT entails a new way of thinking about ownership. While the NFT exists as an edition of five, the virtual sculpture is licensed to the public domain, enabling wide access to the source files. The NFT will never change, but the virtual sculpture will gain a life of its own in shared digital public space.
Concretely the sculpture reimagines the Uffizi Wrestlers, a marble sculpture of two men wrestling from the first century AD that epitomizes the idealized male body in antiquity. The NFT is thus part of a millennia-long Eurocentric tradition of copying, and sometimes slightly modifying, this sculptural representation of the two struggling bodies. The Ufizzi Wrestlers is itself a marble copy of the now-lost Greek original in bronze. Other replicas in bronze and plaster exist in numerous copies across the globe. Despite being one of Western art history's most well-known works, its origin and the original artist remain unknown. Through the Creative Commons license, I seek to further layer the history of copying and reinterpreting classical sculptures.
A collector of this NFT acquires the ownership of the digital sculpture (as one of five copies) represented here as a GIF. The collector is also granted access to 3D-printable files of the digital sculpture. I am hereby waiving my artistic copyright for the print files in question to the Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC 4.0). The files will be available via a ZIP file stored on IPFS.
This collection is an ongoing bonding curved trading cards series. 100 1/1 unique works will be minted in total.
The images depict a sculptural idea created in antiquity, developed through a painful human experience, yet born in the meta verse as women where it will live into eternity.
This series explores smooth monochromatic crops of a sculpture of two wrestling women. In another time or very much elsewhere there was a sculpture. It was made by a woman so therefore it depicts women. Its main intend is to ask you to look inwards and learn to lean into love.
Frozen in time, these women represent hormones fighting within the human body. Oxytocin and adrenaline. For women, oxytocin (the love hormone) is released during hugs, sex, and especially after childbirth. The opposing hormone could be adrenaline - the intense fight or flight hormone, released with intention to save us in a stressful situation.
The sculpture wants to tell you, that opposing hormones cannot be present in the human bloodstream at the same time. It is one or the other. It is an unbroken battle. One has to win. In your life, which one do you feed? Which one do you let control your reality? The creator’s personal struggles with this – and therefore aim with this work – is to view the scenario of this fight from all possible angles, in order to learn the game of the bloodstream. Hopefully these images become tokens for life-changing behaviour-shifts for many individuals. Keep these images in your phone. Keep this token close to you. Let your awareness of this battle change your blood, so that your blood works for you and not against you.
For years I have been fascinated with the beautiful render processes of different image editing software. Somehow the generation of these images, mimics an experience I often have in life, namely the sudden appearance of something valuable during waiting time or when you are deeply focused on a different protocol or outcome - in this case, the full high res picture you are waiting on rendering out.
I collected hundreds of these sudden images not knowing how to utilise them. Now I realised that they simply are what they are. A fleeting beautiful moment captured on a screen and then selected and uplifted. So I choose a few. I plan to mint 100 over a longer period of time.
The images are inspired by the sentiment of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico, and specifically the drawings by same-era-architect Hans Vredeman de Vries.
This collection is ongoing. 20 1/1 unique works will be minted in total.
Inspired by the sentiment of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico, and specifically the drawings by same-era-architect Hans Vredeman de Vries, I have created the scene for the epitomes Oxytocin and Adrenaline.
This series holds several colour concepts exploring the scene of these wrestlers in this exterior scene - seen from different angles.
Apart from my trading card series (The Prudent Crops), this digital painting was created in the vein of my analog representational canvases. Therefore the primary collector of this digital painting will receive a physical giclée print on 50 x 50 cm Hahnemühle Albrecht Dürer 210 gsm paper. This gift is separate from the NFT at the secondary sale and belongs to the primary collector forever. Both print and TIFF explore a dreamy rendering with soft lines and edges. Any collector of 3 random pieces from The Prudent Crop Series (OpenSea) can swap the 3 pieces for 1 piece from this new collection. E-mail for trade guide.