Nghĩa Iggy’s artistic interests often revolve around the psychological development of children. A child is born with pure natural instinct just like an animal. Through the process of growing up, they become immersed in social models and forms of awareness of the ‘self’ and its cultural behavior. An adult for him is a reflection of his/her childhood. This transference from child to adult could be said to bring psychological conflict between animal instinct and the defined emotions of being “human” – a process of change that has become a personal obsession for Iggy (somewhat triggered by his personal experience of returning to his childhood home which filled him with fear and insecurity – a familiarity he finds as an adult intriguing).
In Materialize #4, Iggy will present a series of sculpture, installation and a performance. The sculptures, made from raw materials such as iron, wood, leather and multiple types of fabric, create a ‘fresh’ furniture (object) with no history of use or ownership.. He then combines and arranges replicas of old furniture (evoking the feeling of his old home) in a space where they lose their function and warmth. They become the ‘ghost’ of the original, a copy without ‘soul’. Iggy would like to create an “uncanny”* encounter whereby artworks and their objects reflect the disjuncture between child and adult, between innocence and maturity, between neutrality and judgement.
*The Uncanny is a Freudian concept of an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange.