Plastic, discarded wood
Dimensions: 70cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 12cm (D) / 27.6" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 4.7" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The dead trees used in this piece were discarded on a street corner in Manhattan. I collected the bark of those trees to make objects and covered them with plastic.
Humans depend on nature for our lives, but we sometimes fail to face that fact. We only see it dimly.
My work is mainly made of scrap wood and concrete.
Wood is a symbol of nature and concrete is a symbol of man-made objects.
Humans, myself included, destroy and manage nature to make our lives more comfortable.
Like food wrapped in plastic wrap.
This work represents the domination of nature by humans. And there is a small space between the tree and the concrete.
This is a message that "there must be a certain distance between nature and human beings. It is a kind of social distance.
Humans should pay more attention to nature.
Based in: New York City
In 2017, at the age of 33, I began creating self-taught sculptures and currently work in New York City.
Previously, I worked as an accountant in a company for 12 years. Thus, I have no formal educational background in art. However, at the age of 37, I could no longer contain my passion for creating and jumped into the art world. I realize that I am a bit crazy, but I am now willing to try anything.
My creativity starts with thinking about the relationship between nature and humans. It is a metaphor of human ego. We kill people, animals, and nature to better our own lives. Of course I love my family and friends and I hope you do too. But when I create, I am flooded with negativity.
At the same time, I express the human heart that cares for nature. I want to find hope in the negative emotions. That is my honest emotion. I am constantly asking myself questions during the creative process.
My works are mainly made of discarded wood, concrete, and plastic. Wood is a symbol of nature, while concrete and plastic are symbols of the artificial object.
I sometimes reuse discarded wood from the sidewalks of Manhattan.
Concrete and plastic are symbols of humans because, according to one paper, they have the highest total amount of artificial objects on the planet.
Concrete in my work often represents architecture. I am mainly inspired by Russian avant-garde architecture, which incorporates elements of art into architecture. By attempting to reimport architecture into art, I am expressing a kind of human rationalism.
These materials are used to express the domination of nature by humans. And there is a small space between the wood and concrete. This is a message that says, "There needs to be a kind of distance between nature and humans. It is a kind of social distance. We need to pay more attention to nature.I create my works with this in mind.
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