2018

Potato sculptures

Heart of Jesus 01
Heart of Jesus 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Heart of Jesus 02
Heart of Jesus 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Virgin Mary 03
Virgin Mary 03

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Virgin Mary 02
Virgin Mary 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Virgin Mary 01
Virgin Mary 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Crucifix I. 01
Crucifix I. 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Crucifix I. 02
Crucifix I. 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Madonna I. 02
Madonna I. 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Madonna I. 01
Madonna I. 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy water crucifix 01
Holy water crucifix 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy water crucifix 02
Holy water crucifix 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Annuntiation
Annuntiation

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Altair of Virgin Mary
Altair of Virgin Mary

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Altair of Virgin Mary
Altair of Virgin Mary

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy Family
Holy Family

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy Family 01
Holy Family 01

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy Family 02
Holy Family 02

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Holy Family (detail)
Holy Family (detail)

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Madonna II
Madonna II

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Crucifix II.
Crucifix II.

potatoes, salt, watercolour palm-sized sculptures

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Potatoes are tightly connected to agricultural work. In our home the whole family took part in the process of growing them. These actions, like all sort of housework, are eminently monotonous. However, a repetitive working procedure can also be seen as a sort of meditation or a prayer. In the life of the Hungarian peasantry work and religion have always composed an inseparable and organic unity. I remember my grandmother's shelves full of religious calendars, pictures of saints, crucifixes, figures of Virgin Mary and rosaries. In order to preserve the memory of this life I started carving these images into potatoes. The conservation of the potato-sculptures is implemented with salt. With this phenomenon the moisture - the ’water of life’ - seeps away, while the potato itself shrinks. This process is connected to the distortion of our memories. The water’s disappearance from the plant is in parallel with the fading of our emotions when we look at one relic left behind by our ancestors.

On an exhibition view: https://www.gergobankuti.com/exhibitions


More info: 
https://swarmmag.com/art/potato-shrines/

https://molbert.brovdi.art/2017-2/en/novyny/sribnij-molbert-istoriya-uspihu-personalna-vistavka-gergo-bankuti-u-budapeshti

https://molbert.brovdi.art/2017-2/en/novyny/istoriya-uspihu-konceptualnij-proekt-potato-sculptures-uchasnika-sribnogo-molberta-gergo-bankuti

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