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Moeko Suzuki


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垣根 -hedge-








There is may be few people who doubt that “human beings are a part of the natural world”.
However, we tend to forget it in our blessed daily lives.

Wild animals and plants in the natural world are basically part of the food chain from birth to death. And although we see wild animals hunting with traps and tools, the tools they use are merely application of those found in nature.
They are in nature and their tools are also in nature.
On the other hand, human death is not part of the food chain and deviates from the natural world. Humans are like a foreign object compared to other living creatures.
In addition, unlike that of wild animals, most human artifacts are difficult to return to nature. This is true even if the work is created by an artist.
However, I would like to create works that coexist with nature by blurring the hedge and boundaries that separate people from nature.

The "karami stone" that forms the foundation of this work is a kind of artificially created mineral, which is the residue from copper smelting in Japan from around the Edo period to the Meiji period. In the past, karami was poured into the sea and thrown away, but because of its wastefulness and heat capacity, it came to be treated as a part of buildings. Nowadays, the refining process that produces karami is no longer used, and karami stone is no longer produced.

In order to use karami stone in his work, I made holes in the stone to create an environment in which plants could grow easily. I UV printed on driftwood I found during the search for karami stone, and then I made artificial soil by rubbing the karami stones against each other to form a powder and mixing it with soil, as if mimicking the behavior of monkeys. Put soil in a karami stone with holes, and seeds, mosses embedded. After that, people watered the plants, let in sunlight to encourage their respiration and growth, and provided them with nutrients from the soil, carbon dioxide, and other environmental factors to help them take root in the karami stones. In this way, I seek to achieve a symbiosis between humans and nature by reconciliation of manmade and natural objects.

How will the work that fuses humans and nature be transformed.

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