Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
White Bird Parabola
Mixed Media Installation
I identify myself as a sojourner, a person who stays in a place temporarily. A sojourner is like a traveler who moves from one place to another without a place to settle down. It resembles a white bird flying in the air. When you look at a white bird flying, it stands out in its surrounding landscape of different colors. In the Japanese language, we often express this kind of scene metaphorically as “The white bird looks like it never gets dyed by any colors of the surrounding landscape”. This expression of “never getting dyed by other colors” is also used idiomatically to express people’s condition of not getting adjusted to or not being influenced by the environment. A sojourner is like an isolated white bird flying, without getting dyed by other colors.
With this particular installation art piece, I expressed this feeling of a sojourner like a white bird. The component with multiple “white feather balls” creating a parabola-like shape in the air represents the locus of the journey of a white bird. Each ball is a separate point, but they are creating one line together. Because its shape also looks like an “infinity” symbol, this journey can be read as an endless ongoing matter.
I placed one chair underneath the parabola structure to create an introspective image as a whole. Also, the chair represents a place to rest. By scattering feathers and feather balls on the chair and the floor, I expressed my spiritual journey in frequenting this place to rest.
The sojourner travels just like an isolated white bird flying endlessly. Is the white bird sad? To me, it looks like flying with strength and nobility. The white bird continues to fly in the air with dynamic movement and constant rhythm.
Posted by Chiyoko Myose at 8:35 PM
Mixed Media Installation
The installation plastic rain is part of a series of pieces that deal with the interface between “nature and machine”. The dripping water and the sound of the drips represents the “natural” rain drops. All of the rest of the piece represents the “man-made machine”. The fake grass/astro-turf carpet with aluminum foil pie pans is the “machine man-made” lawn/fields and ponds. The neon yellow string and zip ties holding up the the black hydroponic tubing is the “machine” sky, and the black tubing is the “machine” rain clouds. The black garden hose and manifold valve is a part of the rain cloud “machine” too. The flexible plastic arms that move when drops of water hit them represent the energy that man extracts from natural sources to make our machines work. The aluminum foil covered ladder is the access for maintenance on the man-made rain clouds. As in our culture the components of the “machine” portion of the installation tend to overshadow the “natural” water drops, but the sound component of the drips and our emotional response to that sound brings the piece back into a healthy balance between “natural” and “machine”. Which is the metaphor of this piece; if we wish to have a healthy culture we need to keep the “natural and the machine" in balance.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Mix Media installation
The installation piece was in relation to my painting and drawing practice which focus on a psychological response to biomechanics. However, the piece draws toward the organic aspect. I wanted to make a piece that alludes creation or growth and interacts with its surroundings. The abstract entity fractures physical space creating a variety of perspectives for the viewer to engage in. The installation layout was dependent on its location within the gallery. I titled the work Framework 36 because it could be essentially a framework to anything. Although the piece is ambiguous it provides room for the viewer to develop some type of psychological relation and therefore making the viewer part of the works manifestation.