Heidi Schwegler • cast plastic, paint, gunshot residue
I chose Juggernaut, by Heidi Schwegler for the ‘Small Pleasures’ exhibition, since it responded well to the functionality and scale of a display case, while also flirting with its aesthetic appeal. It is intriguing how a receptacle for precious and beautiful objects, now houses what appears to be a distressed, mass-produced toy that was painted, but is instead, a carefully sculpted replica of the same.
As Heidi writes in her statement, “Oppositions are inextricably linked (birth/death, presence/absence, progress/destruction): it is a relationship in which one half cannot exist without the other. The closer the two, the greater the friction. It is my intention that the work resides within this space. Juggernaut speaks of the delight, chaos and inescapable trauma of the toddler’s party, and for me this collision of emotionally opposite states perfectly illustrates of a moment of anguish.”
A longer conversation that I had with Heidi, on the topic of ruins can be read here - http://drainmag.com/peripheral-ruin-an-interview-with-heidi-schwegler/ – Avantika Bawa