Your Mother Sews Socks in Hell!
Exorcism (from Greek εξορκισμός, exorkismós “binding by oath”) is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person, or an area, that are believed to be possessed.
Ingvild Eiring talks about “Your Mother Sews Socks in Hell”:
The idea to make an exorcism-scene, came to my mind before I thought of the project as a whole… as a series. I simply wanted to make this famous scene, shamelessly copied from The Exorcist.
The Exorcist, 1973
I sculpted toys, teddybears, books, and a tiny Jack-in-the-box. The plaquettes on the wall by the door are buttons I found in my grandmothers drawer. With a little paint, they fit perfectly into this nursery.
Making wallpaper strips
Characters in progress
At this point, I wanted to make the look of the characters a bit different, more like rats. I wanted some variation. However, I didn’t follow up on this in any of my later dioramas, I realized I prefer the characters to look like mice. I put a lot of effort into giving them a personality through small variations in expression.
Sculpting new heads
I hardly ever go back, improving things on my older dioramas. But for my exhibition at Gallery Grette, July and august 2021, I made new heads for the clergy in this scene. I have come to think that all the men of the Church in my series should have red eyes.