The Dentist’s Temporal Lobe



Change in general is hard and difficult. When you want to change something you have to try hard and
be patient. Change requires will and strength. The bigger the change the bigger the effort that has to
be done. There comes a time when everyone realizes they have to change something. It is hard, and
the harder you try the more you remember. And eventually you will remember how things were
before you made that change. Change can be about bad habits, partners, job, life etc. This piece is
composed of several X-rays, most of which showing an oral condition of patients that required
change. Some conditions are more serious and some less but they all required change. These X-rays
are pictures that signify moments of realization (from the dentist and the patient) that change has to
be made. The artwork aims to act as a metaphor for dental change and change concerning self,
partners, habits and other important aspects of life.


Few words:

They say that dentists remember patients by their teeth. And I would say that this is indeed true.

You might not remember names, not even faces, but you will always remember what you saw,  and what you did for that.

You remember what existed there, and made you realize it was time for a change, and you tried hard to change it, but you will always have a clear memory of how it was before changing.

And since memories are stored in the temporal lobe of the brain, I guess this project represents the dentist’s temporal lobe.


Technical specifications:

Title: The dentist’s temporal lobe.

Dimensions: 195cm x 115cm x 9cm

Weight: 58kg

Year of creation: 2017

Main materials that constitute this piece:  pine wood, crystal glass, led lights, x rays and plexiglass.

The title labels on the artwork and the corresponding certification box are lead casted and embedded in liquid glass.

The frame is made from Swiss pine and crystal glass protection.

The handle of certification box is made from dental alloy casting and a real human wisdom tooth (extracted for orthodontic reasons and autoclave sterilized after)

All other teeth structures on certification box are made from artificial teeth on dental alloy castings

Custom handmade leather and cork cases for authentication documents

The signature label on the artwork is a lead inlay in wood and the one on the certification box is a dental amalgam inlay in wood

Certification documents are printed out in Hahnemühle fine art paper 100% cotton 310gsm and wax sealed.


Dimensions and weight of certification box: 48cm x 51cm x 9cm and 7,5kg