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Erin Tjin a Ton

Time is on My Side

By creating artworks that visualize something on the border between a functional and an autonomous object I question our daily activities, habits and material world.

The topic of the residency in Tsarino was waiting. This seemed to fit, cause we had to wait for many things: for transport, people, water, fire and food. Everything we wanted would take a physical effort to achieve because we had to walk over rocky roads in order to get somewhere and chop wood to make a fire or carry huge bottles to supply our kitchen with water. This made that you became very physically aware of your presence. 

Wherein objects in Western society are focussed upon a fast and easy way of living in which people need to wait as less as possible I wanted to make something that would stimulate waiting: a work that functions as a tool to wait and creates physical awareness of waiting.

Someone told me that the walnut trees in the place we lived were valuable for the former inhabitants of the village and are used to count the amount of land someone owns. A walnut cannot grow or ripen faster. As a consumer, you will need to be patient and wait for the time that walnuts grow on the three and fall on the ground. 

In relation to the walnut trees, I made a clothing piece that can function as a walnut catcher. It has two handles in the front for the wearer to pick up. All is left is to stand under a walnut tree and wait for walnuts to fall in your arms. The textile is bought on the market in Chorbadjysko the neighbour village of Tsarino. The textile is typical for that area. The piece is solely made by hand and it is presented in a photography series. The images are taken in an abandoned house in Tsarino.


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