Hooked on Life

In Hooked on Life Mock draws attention to the fact that we are emptying our oceans at an alarming rate. All for short-term economic gain without serious consideration of the consequences. For the first time in history we as a species will have to rise to the challenge to collectively protect the vastest wilderness we know – the ocean depths, and beyond

In East Timor, fishhooks have been unearthed dating as far back as 42,000 years. These ancient tools, handcrafted from seashells, symbolize a time when we were more in harmony with our natural environment.

Hooked on life

  • 2016
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Size differs per sculpture
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Today however, these fish hooks serve as a symbol for humankind’s destruction of the marine environment. Each day, with systematic precision, the fishing industries deploy millions of long line fishhooks into international, unregulated waters.

Seen from a distance the sculptures of shark, turtle, tuna, hammerhead or manta ray seem featherlight. They are entirely see-through and suspended in space as if free floating weightlessly. Glittering metallic constructions in space, like real big fish swimming quietly in a sunlit ocean. Here they celebrate space as their ocean. These sculptures refer to the everlasting ocean of life itself.

At a closer look, one sees thousands of deadly razor-sharp metal fish hooks welded together. The maze-like creatures can therefore actually weigh up to hundreds of kilos. The deadly weapons, -the large hooks that the fish industry uses to empty the seas with-, are so craftily welded, that one is reminded of schools of fish tightly swimming together. Or of large flocks of birds flying in the sky in synchronicity.

The sculptures remind us of this phenomenon of unity, thus transforming the deadliness of men’s tools and intentions into the beauty of movement in oneness. Consequently we are reminded of our togetherness as humans. These works are pulling us back towards our original unity.

Green Turtle

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 105x105cm
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Manta Ray

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Multiple Sizes
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Mako Shark

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 300x120x110cm
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Yellowfin Tuna

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 150x...cm
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Oceanic Whitetip

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 265x130x115cm
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Great Hammerhead

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Multiple Sizes
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Dusky Shark

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 192x92x66 cm
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