Documenta 11

(2002)

Kitchen (Reduced to 88%)

(2002)

Painted wood, canvas, stainless steel, water / 165 x 187 x 81 cm
Collection Bernando Nadal Ginard & Laura Steinberg, Boston

MM: This work brings together a number of ideas I have been working on over the years. Actually, it can be seen as a three-dimensional painting. At the back of the piece is a large, empty, unprepared canvas. Around it I have made a giant frame in the form of a kitchen. In the end, the kitchen became the front of the work. I have stripped the word “kitchen” to the point that only the naked essence of the concept of a kitchen remains. The jet of water has been regulated in such a way that it seems to stand still. It has taken on a different material form—only when you look more closely do you realize that it is really water. The edges around the drain hole are incredibly thin, making it look like a round stainless-steel knife.
The piece is also a reference to Vermeer’s Milkmaid, where time also seems to stand still. In essence, both works are about the same thing—the moral aspect of artistic creation, capturing and exalting the phenomena of everyday life.