Scarlett Hooft Graafland
In Part Time Human, Hooft Graafland questions issues about the “real” Jesus in reaction to the overwhelming sale of Jesus figurines, while making reference to issues with which people suffering from the ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ must deal. She created miniature figurines of sheep and Jesus heads made from natural olive soap, utilizing the same traditional soap-making methods produced in the Nablus soap factory. The artist filled the entire Gallery Anadiel floor with the sculptures, spreading groups of them throughout the gallery space. Visitors were therefore compelled to walk around and in between the flocks of sheep led by the Jesus heads. Restricted in movement, the visitor, like the sheep figurine, was also being ‘led’ with deliberate and effortless fashion. The sheep and exhibition visitors therefore merged together, a being one in the same, metaphorically speaking.
Born in Maam, the Netherlands in 1973, Scarlett studied sculpture at the Minerva Academy in Groningen, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the Hague, and participated in the Program for Young Artists in Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. More information can be found on her website.