Bori (b. 1995, Hungary) finished her first master studies in sculpture-restoration at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, now graduated from Glasgow School of Art in M.Litt Sculpture. In her practice, Bori draws inspiration from nature, science, and psychology. Her early works were mainly formal investigations in abstract and impossible forms while trying to maintain an experimental practice and try to work with a wide variety of different materials.
In her latest works she was interested in topics like mental health, self and body image, and conceptions of reality, while focusing on using only natural materials, like stone and plaster. Her sculptural works are connected through their main focus revolving around the ideas of the contemporary human condition, the self, body and identity, and change.
Dissolution / Ego death
BODY AND ABSENCE / UNREALISTIC REALITY I
Body and absence / Unrealistic reality II
When we look at these legs I feel like there is no sense of loss towards the absence of the body. These mannequin legs (or just mannequins in general) are usually completely disproportionate compared to reality. The controversy of beauty standards and unrealistic expectations for women has created many unhealthy body images. In my work, the Body and absence / Unrealistic reality I., I tried to reflect on these social issues about female body image, and thoughts about body positivity. This piece is an exploration of the body and its absence, and a monument for body hair.
In this sculpture, I wanted to make realistic but fake pills, out of stones. Representing the heaviness of accepting and taking things without actually understanding them. Each pill being hand sculpted one by one is a reflection on the state of the mind and the way we could control the feeling in our body and mind. The “candy-like” appearance of these stone pills are indicating intimacy, harmlessness, and a model of minimalist order, hiding or banishing the fears of death and decay, the way medicine does, as it is promising that much but can only stave off the inevitable.
Pile of Polyphemus
The main inspiration for this sculpture was Homers’ Odyssey. The decapitated heads are copies of an antique original stone sculpture (Head of Polyphemus, made around 150 B.C.). Using a mostly minimalist color scheme, with one or two brighter colors, we could see this beheading violence (that is also a reflection on the blinding of the character) in a playful but forceful way, indicating the change. In Odyssey, Polyphemus loses his head and that causes his death. This indicated for me an important lesson about self-control (specifically in the context of change). This sculptural piece is about the understanding of how much more difficult it could get when we try to manage change without sufficient self-control and understanding. And how important is to try to stay calm under pressure and keeping focused, and accepting the fact that most of life is out of our control.