Angelos Messios & Wouter Speksnijder

Our work came from a fascination with how humankind views the world around us, and companions in our live that we infuse with human properties especially. Inspiration came from multiple faiths, among which African believe-systems played a special role, and pets. Old African faiths usually give animals special powers, infusing them with human-like behaviors. In modern western civilization we sometimes treat pets like they are our equals, we talk to them and do our best to give them everything they could possibly want.

We used a lot of metal in making the work, a material that we see a lot in modern western society, this material was chosen so we could give it the size we wanted while maintaining the freedom to infuse it with human-like properties. Besides metal we have used cloth, wood, rope and plastic. The plastic is also a modern western product but we've mainly used it to make a mask that resembles African masks in some way, this material was chosen because it's lightweight and thus allows our metal construction to be lighter which in turn gives us more freedom to make it behave the way we want but besides that, plastic is a material that's very easy to shape.

Our work-process involves a lot of discussion about what we want to create and the problems we face. We work separately on some parts and work together on others, who does which part comes naturally, we discuss this but usually this is merely to confirm that we were thinking the same thing. When either of us has a plan or image in his head we try to convey this to the other by drawing and talking about it, conveying the thought or image doesn't always go very smooth but in the end we usually conclude that we were thinking the same thing all along and sometimes we see problems in the others plan that he missed.

 

Angelos Messios & Wouter Speksnijder
Angelos Messios & Wouter Speksnijder
Angelos Messios & Wouter Speksnijder