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Stomach Box (nervous systems)

Elke Finkenauer

Stomach Box (nervous systems)

Elke Finkenauer





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 7
Length: 22.5
Depth: 21


Wood, jesmonite, kitchen roll, paint, rubber, ink soaked off pages printed on an inkjet printer

Current Location

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • On a plinth
  • In a case

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Stomach box is one of a series of three organic, organ-shaped box-objects (stomach, liver, pancreas) with upholstered, painted and cast interiors, collectively titled 'Nervous Systems'. The boxes were fabricated through cycles of improvisation and experimentation from 2020-2022. They were completed with the support of the Glasgow Visual Art and Craft Maker Bursary, and documented by Isobel Lutz Smith.

Thematic/contextual information

The outside of ‘Stomach box’ is made of elm, from a tree damaged by dutch elm disease. The inner cavity of 'Stomach' was formed around supermarket receipts for all the food I ate over a 3 month period, during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. During this time I was thinking about the relationship between mind and gut, and reading about cognitive science. I'm interested in the idea of "gut feelings" as informed (albeit rapid, pre-conscious) decisions.