b. 1960, Emmeloord, The Netherlands. Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Laws of Nature, 2016
Teakwood and fur, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

Laws of Nature, the second work by Jaarsma presented in the exhibition, questions the dichotomies human/animal and human/nature. Slippers are footwear usually worn at home or in order to feel more comfortable and they can be found in various shapes, including humorous forms such as oversized animal paws for both children and adults. The three pairs of unusual slippers that constitute the artwork are made of teak and fur and sculpted in the shape of huge human feet. In previous versions of the work, visitors could walk through the exhibition space wearing the slippers, emphasizing the awkwardness and tautological nature of wearing human feet over human feet within a man-made environment. However, the image a bare foot appears very natural, or at least as natural as seeing a human wearing fluffy animal paws.