Daniel van Dijck, Cutlery
Daniel van Dijck Cutlery

Quid Feci?
The paradoxical and precarious journey of my body

This question, Quid Feci? deals with the life-changing decisions we have to make in our lives, which often lead to an inevitable paradox. Decisions that bring us happiness can also bring us the greatest suffering. My project deals with the precarious journey of my body, and the paradoxical questions it confronted me with. As a result of the discovery of the CDH1 gene (a 80% percent probability of developing a malignant tumor in the stomach), I have opted to undertake a gastric resection.

This installation exhibits my eating process, by displaying a cupboard, table, and chair as one body, where the alterations and eviscerations are clearly visible. By using the notion of Quid Feci?, where the expression of regret and mourning (lamentation) is uttered, and at the same time, a sense of relief, hope and resolution are expressed; this installation addresses this ambiguity, by playing with the notions of perfection and imperfection, fragility and stiffness, disfigurement and beauty.

Daniel van Dijck Cutlery

The whole set consists of: 1 large serving spoon (27 cm), 1 medium serving spoon (25 cm), 1 large sauce spoon (22,5 cm), 1 small sauce/ ice cream spoon (15,5 cm), 1 carving knife (29 cm), 1 fish knife/ cheese knife (28 cm), 1 meat fork (27,5 cm), 1 large serving fork (25 cm), 1 small serving fork (20 cm), 1 cheese fork (19 cm), 9 big dinner forks (21 cm), 9 small dinner forks (18 cm), 9 dinner spoons (20 cm), 9 dessert spoons (15 cm), 9 sorbet spoons (19 cm), 9 dinner knives (22 cm), 9 fish/ appetizer knives (21 cm), 9 butter knives (15 cm), 12 tea/coffeespoons (15,5 cm) and 12 dessert forks (19 cm). 

Daniel van Dijck Cutlery
Daniel van Dijck - Cutlery

See also other objects part of the Quid Feci? The Paradoxical and Precarious Journey of my Body (2014) collection: