basic info : works

01 Bypass Surgery
02 Second Skin
03 Bearded Virgin
04 Insect Collection
05 Dialogue
06 Fertilization
07 Borderlne
08 Reformatory
09 Bodyspace
10 Dialectics of the Surface
11 Contacts and Kaski
12 Pyromania
13 Anti-dualistic Dualism
14 Neon-forest
15 various works

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BYPASS SURGERY VII, 2007. Trophy, latex, rubber, acryl, metal, plastic, polyurethane, plywood, 50 cm x 60 cm x 36 cm, installed at an old granary at the Taaborinvuori Museum Area, Nurmijärvi, Finland.

A trophy, derived from Greek trópaion, is a part of a killed animal taken while hunting as a memento, such as horns, skin, head, skull or teeth. Originally a trophy was an evidence of victory, an object taken from the enemy and kept in a cultic place. In Finnish, the word 'trophy' (trofee) is nowadays mainly associated with hunting. In my work Bypass Surgery, I use a collection of trophies, bought from the estate of a deceased hunter. I have covered these trophies, already as such masculine-clichéd fetishes, by red-dyed natural latex, popular with the rubber fetishists.

As Roger-Pol Droit has noted, rubber is accompanied by peculiar pliability, by a sense that a surface covered with rubber turns into a second skin, a rubber shell. Rubber does not protect against the cold or the heat; the sweat, shut inside rubber, condenses to standing dampness, which duplicates the effects of the cold or the heat coming from outside, thus causing permanent moisture within. A person who thought to be protected by rubber realizes that she/he is kept as a prisoner, pale and devoid of oxygen, and little by little the rubber surface turns into a sarcophagus, which gnaws at the bone, nearly decomposes it, leaves it to soak, swell and go white. It is a matter of fate: that which gives protection also bars in, the protective cover turns into something deadly suffocating, and, finally, it solidifies and is petrified into a mummifying sepulcher.

(c)Timo Heino