ParadisE 2016 American Maple wood, cotton, synthetic hair and 14 KT gold Edition of 6 + 1 A.P. Various dimensions Paradise is the term used to describe a place or state of timeless harmony and beauty. The word originates from the old Iranian Language Avestan, which used the noun pairidaeza to portray “a wall enclosing a garden or orchard”. The enclosed abode has been visualized throughout history, mainly connected to the Garden of Eden which symbolises the creation of the human form and its fall from grace. Whether connected to religion or not, the term Paradise echoes Utopian realms of humanity living at one with nature, sharing their tope with every exotic and fantastical creature imaginable. Paradise is an ongoing research into wearable objects that in their shape, construction and movement reference a natural origin, morphing human, animal and plant into new creatures of paradise. Photography: Juuke Schoorl Hair and make-up: Kathinka Gernant @ Unspoken Model: Marne van Opstal Product-photography: Frank Verkade
Serpent mouthpiece American Maple wood, cotton, gold-plated brass 90 x 7 x 4 cm In collection of Museum Arnhem (NL)
Serpent chestpiece American Maple Wood, cotton, gold-plated brass 100 x 7 x 4,5 cm
Serpent headpiece American Maple wood, cotton, 14 KT gold 90 x 4 x 2,5 cm
Paradisaea mouthpiece American Maple wood, synthetic hair, gold-plated brass 8,5 x 9,5 x 4 cm In collection of Museum Arnhem (NL)