By Imke Ruigrok en Nikkie Herberigs

Floris Bakker and Afke Golsteijn (1975, Amsterdam) are an artist duo collectively known as ‘Idiots’. The duo is known primarily for their work combining preserved animals and taxidermy with precious stones, glass, pearls, embroidery and forged metal. Our hunger for beauty and our rejection of mortality appear to be strongly connected. The Idiots manage to create from the body of a dead animal an exceptional unity, something that is both repulsive and beautiful. An ornament made of animal and stone, to be worn as jewellery or put in a box for safekeeping. The Idiots’ work, however, comprises significantly more than this.