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The Great Sleeping Bear

Karin E Jansson

I flera veckor har min sambo pratat om sovsäck. Sovsäck ikväll? Sovsäck på nätet? Jag har hummat och nickat, och till slut insett att han pratat om Saw XI, nummer sex i skräckfilmsserien Saw. Nåväl, sovsäck är betydligt intressantare. Jag gillar att vara omsluten av varmt fluff, och givetvis måste det ha någon koppling till fosterstadiet. Hursomhaver, idag när jag bild-googlade på björnar, som jag gör varje dag, snubblade jag över Eiko Ishizawas hemsida, och hittade The Great Sleeping Bear.


This work is inspired by the news in Bavaria, 2006- the news was about a bear, which escaped from the Italian side of the Alps to the Bavarian side. He was called a problem bear, as he was the first wild bear since 170 years. He evoked huge discussion among people and government whether they should kill or leave him alive. In the end, he was hunted down. I was interested in this tragic story of the bear, as well as the starting point of this tragedy; this bear was generating many different ideas and emotions in people as illusions in reality by just crossing the borderline between countries.

In order to recreate such incident, I made an object with the realistic look of a bear, which modifies sleeping bag functionality. By hiring this connotation of out door goods, this work depicts the contradictive relationship between admirations and love of the mankind toward wild nature, and the boundaries that we rarely brake.

By having the experience of transitional discoveries like finding a bear, realizing a little human face in his mouth, and recognizing details and shape of this commodity, I attempt to create this work as to be a medium for audiences to generate one’s transitional perceptions and fantasies in reality.

Arigato Eiko, du har gjort mitt liv ännu bättre!