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Series Car Portraits

The theme behind these Car-Portraits is our increasing use of robots and of implantation of artificial devices as organs in the human body. I ask myself if we're moving towards a 'cyborg'-culture? The car is my metaphor in this story - the first sign of a premature cyborg. Symbiosis of man and machine.

The characteristic feature of a cyborg is that the machine greatly enlarges human functions. The car ensures that man can move faster and therefore can travel a greater distance in shorter time. And when man drives he is completely surrounded by this machine. Or his body is part of the car. 

I actually met the cars on my textile-paintings on the highway. I observed their actions and translated their driving behaviors in the design of the portrait. Almost as a kind of anthropomorphism, projecting and assigning human characteristics to an animal, but in this case to a machine. Perhaps to make the car more human.

In car-portrait 6 called 'Smiley' you can identify traits of a facial expression. And I change the colours of the car in my skin colours. The use of softness of the yarns reinforces the humanity of the car. 

To experience better the richness of the surface please look at the detail photos!