SAMUEL DEJONG - ARTIST
About Samuel DeJong
With his sculptures, Samuel Dejong (1971) stretches the limits of technical as well as aesthetic potential. For only with an open mind, free of preconceptions, can one accomplish what initially seemed impossible, and thereby elevate something relatively inconspicuous - or disconcerting even - to the level of art.
With this philosophy, Samuel challenges us to witness the beauty of the foundation of our ecosystem: insects. No other creatures are as elegant and fragile yet strong and indestructible. They embody pure aesthetics, with their utmost detailed perfection.
In his art, Samuel strives for the same level of perfection. Using technical precision he developed as a surgeon, he replicates the insects' anatomy, producing copies virtually indistinguishable from the original. One might say they even surpass the original's beauty, because Samuel places the insects in an entirely new context.
In his sculpture series Anatomia, Samuel Dejong wishes to transform our conditioned human aversion to insects into fascination, by placing them in a seemingly eternal tread over olive tree roots. Samuel gathered the roots in Cadaques and the Spanish Pyrenees, where they are commonly used as firewood due to their solidity and density. He sanded, burnished and polished these roots repeatedly to reveal the beauty of their natural form and unique inconsistencies. Upon the glowing olive wood he placed dozens of 24-karat gold-plated mini-sculptures of beetles and ants.