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· Family of philosophers, The Nietzsches (2011)

This piece belongs to my core of work dedicated to explore the figure and work of the philosopher. I want to use the figure of Nietzsche as an icon, let´s say as a character in a novel. His own physical appearance, the huge mustache and eyebrows, his fierce eyes... Make him almost a caricature in itself. A cartoon character. I am working in the same way with other philosophers, but on a smaller scale. Mostly I choose those with characteristic physical features that make them easily recognizable. Schoppenhauer, Heiddeger...
All this contrasts with the seriousness and gravity that holds the world of philosophy. Ultra serious thinkers who develop very complex thinking. For Nietzsche, however, he held a Dionysian life, until his internment in a mental hospital.

To make this piece I have relied on one of his famous quotes;

"The individual has always struggled to avoid being absorbed by the tribe. If you try, often be alone, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high for the privilege to be yourself. "
Just one day I was thinking about this phrase, walking down a crowded street, I saw in a toystore window a white teddy bear, lying on the floor, hugging his son. It was huge, almost life-size. Immediately I associated it with the Nietzsche´s quote and I decided to do this piece, in which the philosopher is transformed into a humanoid, a kind of yeti, which maintains its characteristic features, mustache, eyebrows... embracing a smaller one, and that to another, and another... Each one increasingly small.
The idea was, why not create an image of a brood of Nietzsches? A complete depersonalization, a complete loss of identity. Even in a comic way a real challenge to the philosopher who once and again talks about the importance of being unique. And a challenge to the viewer.

Polyurethane, latex, fabrics, oil and hair.