The Alienation of Objects

Toby Ziegler

The London-based artist Toby Ziegler has searched books and the internet for pictures of historical art objects, such as ancient classical sculptures or Victorian Staffordshire pottery dogs. Using 3D modelling software, Ziegler then turns these images into sculptures in which the features of the original objects are mere references. The alienated pieces are strange, yet recognisable.

Toby Ziegler is fascinated by the transformation of pictures and objects when they travel from one age and culture to another. The motifs become simplified and are altered beyond recognition, the underlying stories become layered and are forgotten. Information is lost. In addition to sculptures, Ziegler’s installation in Kiasma also includes scuffed air freight containers that have travelled around the world.

The exhibition is sponsored by Finnair Cargo.