Depicting the loss of childhood innocence by creating an artistic universe of rituals, German artist Volkano captures the complexity of becoming an adult in his thought provoking works.
Volkano was born in Herford, Germany and lived there until he was 12, where he moved to Turkey, where his family originally hails from. He has always been drawing ever since he was a kid and found endless joy by doing it. This interest lead him to study graphic design in Hamburg, where he still lives and paints.
BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND IMPURITY
The transition from childhood to adulthood is an inevitable fact of life.
Even so, the German artist Volkano depicts this transformational loss of innocence in an honest and rough way that is rarely seen. Get immersed in the land between child and adult, soft and coarse, innocence and impurity.
By creating an artistic universe of rituals, for example in the form of children wearing dead birds or being blindfolded with raw meat, Volkano captures the universal and timeless complexity of becoming an adult. His artistic universe reveals the loss of softness as a direct consequence of the entrance into adulthood. Holding on to the mind of a child is a losing battle that nonetheless causes a longing for the past.
The transformation from child to adult is double-sided. Not only is it a physical one, leaving new visible traces on your body, it also brings along a spiritual change that keeps adding new layers to the narrative. New stories come to life in the rise of a new outlook on life – one of an adult
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VOLKANO: THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE
The transition from childhood to becoming an adult is perceived by Volkano under the form of ritual. He depicts children characters wearing dead birds as an undesired adornment or as overwhelming burden, covering their mouth or with raw meat blinding them.
The closed eyes, the empty gaze and unsettling gestures reveal a deep sadness, shame and sorrow, a sense of guilt and regret, longing for something they acknowledge as irretrievable.
According to Galerie Wolfsen curator Rasmus Ejaas Fischer: “In many ways growing up consists of events which each undermine your childhood innocence. You can hardly call yourself an adult before your childhood innocence has changed into something else.”
Once the ritual begins, and it is universal, without escape, there is no stopping the transformation, and the experience is haunting, with visible traces of not only physical, but spiritual change.
In some cases, the process finds its subjects unprepared and forces them to grow, with the recurrent belt motif as element of constraint.
It is strange how evolution is rather intrusive and a path apparently leading to decay. And it is life with all its challenges and society with its expectations and standards that accelerate this inner rupture from what we once were, distancing ourselves from an essence we mostly understand in the early stages.
The Re:Art Project