Dutch artist Diet Wiegman uses a combination of light and sculpture to project surprising shadow art on walls. It is surprising because the sculptures are really made of trash and have no recognizable form in themselves. You get to see Michelangelo’s David, recreation of the surface of the earth or a silhouette of Michael Jackson only when the light falls on the structures. This hints at the surprising phenomena that are present beyond the human eye.
Wiegman says that he did not invent the shadow. He only makes holes in light. But despite this humble affirmation it is clear that Wiegman can see everyday objects and trash in ways that most of us can’t. He says that he wants to inspire people through his art. He clearly succeeds in this, and making his viewers begin to appreciate trash.
Wiegman’s light sculptures are more than mere shadow however. Each installation has a theme. Wiegman likes to break clichés and his pieces often deal with contradiction and distortion in playful yet powerful ways. A sculpture made of coins becomes transformed by light into Atlas carrying the heavy burden of the world on his shoulders. A shriveled, dying plant becomes a human head growing in a pot. A used palette and paint-caked brushes becomes Rembrandt on the wall. His light sculptures are made of trash, scrap metal and even shattered glass and mirrors.
About the Artist
Wiegman is a multidisciplinary artist who has been active since the sixties. He became famous as a ceramicist and created military bags and rusted cans from clay. These were so similar to the original that it was difficult to tell the real and the fake apart. This idea has been carried down into his light sculptures as well. Wiegman doesn’t talk much about his work. But his work suggests the intriguing concept that there may be little difference between what we consider valuable and what we don’t. This is what makes Wiegman’s art so interesting both visually and conceptually.
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