Flotsam I (2016) from the naked death wounds series (2015-)

 

“When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured.”

-Herman Hesse, Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte

 

naked death-wounds is an ongoing series of media-based sculptural installations centred on notions of hybridity, archaeology, and the sacred. In these works, organic and inorganic coexist with and inform one another, calling into question each other’s identities. Plants, driftwood, and rocks are simulated through the mold-making process, retaining the imprint of the original while questioning the boundaries of the object. LED lights and videos are embedded in the structures, animating the forms and suggesting some kind of internal consciousness within.

 

The works in this series are assemblages of several material components, some raw, and others, manufactured. In Flotsam I, a piece of driftwood cast in peach resin sits atop a large mound of black sand piled directly on the floor. An orifice in the wood reveals a tiny video screen. A looping video speaks to notions of death, memory, and ritual.