Can't fight what I see*

Can’t fight what I see*

*Can't fight the future
Can't fight what I see
(Rotating Snakes)

2009
print on aluminum
variable dimensions (life size)

Can’t fight what I see* Can’t fight what I see*
Can’t fight what I see*

excerpt from the catalogue ‘Fantastic Illusions’:

For the exhibition Fantastic Illusions Heidi Voet conceived the work ‘Can’t fight the future, Can’t fight what I see (Rotating snakes)’ which inhabits the exhibition space and settles between the other art works on display. At first glance, the visitor gets the impression that some girls are standing or lying in the exhibition space. Are they guards or docents from the museum or visitors seeking some rest? It is only upon a closer look that we recognize that the life size girls are made of paper and cardboard. The figures are enlarged cut outs from the Chinese magazines ‘rentizaoxingyishu’, used to study the female body. (...)
In ‘Can’t fight the future, Can’t fight what I see (rotating snakes)’ the erotic content of the image is disguised by an optical illusion print of rotating snakes. The places that appeal to our eyes and senses are obliterated by the dizzying print. Attracted by the beauty of the girls our gaze is spun inwards by the optical illusion and warps our vision on sculpture, the representation of the female body and our own eyes.