About the artwork

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The Thorazine Sunrise installation plays a game with perception. We see five 'bubbles' depicting exuberantly smiling faces of beautiful people. They seem happy and cheerful, but if you keep watching them, their smile turns into a grimace. As the artist painted the digitally processed faces on a rounded support, their features are manipulated and start showing an unnatural smile and an ecstatic look into infinity. The title tells more and refers to the antidepressant Thorazine, a drug that brings people into a temporary artificial intoxication of normality.

So it seems that the painted figures on the domes are caught in a cocoon of seemingly happiness, manipulated and indoctrinated by a society that mirrors perfection. By a convex mirror put into one of the domes, the game of contemplation and reflection is challenged even further.