amsterdam-based artist milena naef captures the mesmerizing moment when body and marble merge into one sinuous shape. carefully cut-out apertures made in stone sheets offer spaces for human limbs to flawlessly fit in to. the two elements — flesh and stone — stand in strong contrast to each other, yet fluidly form a unified object. by connecting the body with the stone, arms and legs are abstracted and seem to become part of the material itself, blurring the line between subject and object.

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the idea of the body’s presence and absence are a significant aspect of ‘fleeing parts’, and naef questions the dynamic between mental and physical space. ‘the marble itself plays an important role in my life, as I was lucky enough to grow up in my father’s sculpting school in switzerland,’ naef tells us. ‘working with the material, I touch upon the upbringing in which I would be the fourth generation of sculpting in stone. the work is a continuation of a project in which I ‘claim’ my own physical space within this context and question the traditional approach of stone carving.’

milena naef
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milena naef
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milena naef
image by lisa-marie vlietstra

milena naef
image by lisa-marie vlietstra

milena naef
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milena naef
image by lisa-marie vlietstra


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milena naef
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