Martin Erik Andersen (1964- ), Freud's Gashgai, 2011
The sculpture is based on the Gashgai rug that Sigmund Freud kept on the patients’ couch in his Vienna clinic.
The rug pattern has been painstakingly carved in relief out of a polyester block.
In many of his works the artist examines the relationship between body and space, between the twodimensional and the threedimensional, and between image and object. Indeed, all three couplings can be found here.
Freud's use of the rug
Freud developed the distinctive physical situation that allowed a semi-reclining patient to speak to the “invisible” therapist, who sat outside of the patient’s range of vision.
The rug itself is two-dimensional in nature, but when Freud draped it over the couch it became sculptural.
In the artist’ s version the flat rug becomes an object by being transferred to the thick block of polyester, which also holds materials and lights embedded into the material.