Bronze, concrete 177x54x70cm 2020
The artwork was part of the group exhibition "Roots and Ruins", curated by Rael Artel.
Jaan Toomik is a painter and performance artist first and foremost, and the human body is the central subject matter and object of his works. His paintings often make reference to performances by providing a blueprint for or documenting a performance. Toomik very often depicts and uses the human body in its different associations, making connections between the body, its functions and biological processes. Through the body, he visualizes the laws of nature, talks about birth, reproduction, heredity, continuity, living and dying. Roots and Ruins exhibits two earlier Toomik paintings – Family and Family Tree, and the sculpture inspired by them, also titled Family Tree. Whereas the paintings are more like schematics and convey the physical associations with heredity, the three-dimensional sculpture is more poetic with a form reminiscent of an actual tree.