The German word ‘Unheimlich’ is the opposite of ‘heimlich’ which means unfamiliar. What is almost uncanny can be frightening because it is particularly unknown and unfamiliar with our senses and surroundings. New experiences can be uncomfortable and unexpected. Unheimlich links to my studio practice through the unfamiliarity of the 'home'.
For something to be ‘unhomelike’, the thing has to be uncomfortable, anxious, and distinctive from its environment. An artifact or object inhabiting the vitrine for display or exhibition purposes is unfamiliar to its provisional home. It is only there for public affection and study prospects, therefore the object has no conciliation in its own right, it is forced to become something that would be experienced at a zoo or even a circus, for entertainment and conservation. The vitrine has that aspect of the ‘zoo’, a safeguarding and enclosure but also the sadness of exhibiting their lives and instincts for money. In my vitrine the instinct of an object is exhibited through the vitrine frame. Therefore animal and object inhabit a space behind glass for everybody, there is no privacy.