Tuesday, July 27, 2010

UWI - 2009

The Shrine Connection:

These glass mono prints mixed with woodblock prints, expresses the journey of the devotee.

Submission, Prayer, Meditation, Rapture

The Shrine Connection - A Symbol of man's desire to worship.

Dimensions: 10'W x 10'H

Medium: Papier mache Sculpture, wire, light, fabric

This study developed after I visited the shrines of Japan, these grand structures are a place of worship and devotion.

Man and his symbols, written by Carl Jung helped in this research.

This work symbolizes the devotee, kneeling before the idol or God.

God: Object of worship

The shrine is no longer an alter in the corner of a room, but it has become a lifestyle.

We are all devoted to something: internet sites (facebook, Hi5, Twitter), science, religion, technology, knowledge, etc, hence we are all believers and worshipers seeking to connect to the supernatural. Seeking to find true meaning in our lives, a feeling of belonging.

Spirituality, Conscience, Awareness, Supreme, Singleness, Deity, Identity

Filament Lamp

This lamp is based on the research which was done in Japan.

Medium: wire, paper and lights.

Dimensions: 4'W x 5'H

Definitions of filament on the Web:

  • fibril: a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  • the stalk of a stamen
  • a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
  • a thin wire heated by an electric current


Monday, July 19, 2010

Paper & Connectivity Submerged

Paper and Connectivity Submerged is a further study exploring paper and connectivity.

To make a long story short:
A connection with American artist Myra Rasmusen during her presentation at the University of the West Indies was a connection which would prove to be vital in shaping my further as an artist.

Myra invited me to journey with her to Japan to become an apprentice under master paper artist Sakura Chiba in a paper sculpture festival called Nebuta. At that time I was looking for a way to further the paper and connectivity studies and I took the opportunity to prove the theory of six degrees of separation and further explore paper. After weeks of making vital connections, planning a solo exhibition (to raise funds) and 34hrs journeying from Trinidad to Miami to Los Angeles to South Korea, I arrived in Aomori Japan.