Self-Destruction (charcoal burning), 2016
Self-Destruction is a project focusing on the ruination of self-portraits in a collection of different mediums. The burning of charcoal drawings aggressively relates to this idea of destruction. The concept of burning can be seen as a way to remove evidence, a way of silencing others (Nazi book burnings was the act of removing the voice of others), an act of protest (bra burnings), bonfire to burn unwanted items/memories or could also be linked to a call for help –a traditional SOS signal is to create fire, so the smoke can act as a warning or message.
In total there was a 10 charcoal drawings created and then one after another placed onto the burning fire. This continuous, obsessive, repetitive act shows the contrast between letting go and crying out for help.
n. the destruction of oneself or one's life.
Example: 'She was afraid of not being enough; not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough. So she fell through the acts of self-destruction. Passively allowing opportunities to pass by, not valuing her worth, sabortaging relaionships, avoiding social interactions, hiding her emotions and refusing help until soon she was a shell of herself. And the damage was done.'