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Trees Fell, Waters Blackened

In 'Trees Fell, Waters Blackened,' I employ the earliest known pigments in human history—ochre and charcoal—on polyester fabrics. Its one-piece structure, made of synthetic silk carved by fire, turned into a plastic lace, blurs the boundaries between painting and sculpture, natural and man-made, ancient and contemporary.

 

The artwork's physicality leads to a particular sensorial experience, aestheticising the fragility of life. I invite the audience to reflect on whether this is the time when technological progress increases the cross-contamination of the environment with synthetic particles (pollution, microplastics in human tissues, coral bleaching); or whether this is a new age of adapting, gene changes, and unknown new life forms.

Medium: Charcoal and earth pigments on burnt artificial silk

Dimensions: 96 x 120 x 35 cm

Year: 2021

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