Oscillating between the obscure and the functional, Godigna Collet, in this body of work, “ONOMATOPOEIA”, manipulates gasmasks within the context of assemblage, in order to question societal and personal understandings of power, ambition, pollution, and destruction.
The sinister use of gasmasks attempts to synthesize the intricacy and complexity of social and political issues that affect our times through camouflage and appropriation of one single artifact: the gas mask.
Onomatopoeia is defined as a word created by the imitation or recreation of a natural sound made by or associated with its’ referent. The artist, by recreating an object, translates the object itself in an action: the action of defending ourselves.
According to the artist, violence leads to destruction, and this kind of behavior towards our planet or towards us as human beings, lacks of color. The presentation of this new body of works in an archeological museum, question us about what kind of legacy we want to leave.