I am a member of a diverse group of international artists living in New Zealand. Here is a link to our group website Usan (Korean for Umbrella). We're a multi-disciplinary group who work in mediums such as Digital Presentations, Fire Kiln Ceramics, Installation, Sculpture and Painting.
Falling within the Fine Arts spectrum, our work is versatile, contemporary and with a worldly awareness and contextualisation. From a firm foundation that has evolved from the rigour of MFA study, we are multi-generational and multi-disciplinary. Peeling back the very existence of identity as diasporic Pacific Rim practitioners, our work represents the most current and heartfelt topics.
Our inargural exhibition is to be held at Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland New Zealand on the 30th September 2017. For a little more information about each artists artwork for this exhibition, see the estranged catalogue .
My project for the exhibition Estranged is my first sculpture/installation piece. It comprises of a large three metre long Orange Roughy fish (NZ's poster child for the fishing industry) fabricated from the Auckland City Council 60 litre rubbish bags. The bladder of plastic will be inflated with air and incorporate an air pump mechanism to inflate and release the trapped air in a rhythmic pattern to imitate breathing.
For me, this work represents our relationship with the planet, the environment and the ocean. It's pollution is caused from the discarded remnants of our consumer society. Once I throw something away, discarded into the trash, it becomes invisible to me. I sometimes seem to be living as if unaware, separate and above other life forms, unthinking of the impact my privileged life is having upon my surroundings and the wildlife that shares this planet with me. Working title: the breath of the moon. The title comes from thinking about the interconnected nature of earth and the moon. How it is the gravitational pull of the moon that creates the motion in the sea, like a breath, the sea is the lungs of the earth and we are clogging it with plastic.
I will upload images and videos of the project as it develops.