Research; Yasuiki Onishi

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‘vertical emptiness (organic parabola)’, 2013, site specific installation for asai’s winery, yamatokoriyama Japan

Researching for new techniques to explore with my wool and string sculptures, and how to transmute them from simple materials into an artwork, harnessing their latent and inherent energy, has lead me to find a Japanese artist who utilises string, Crystals, and falling hot glue to create ethereal crystalline structures within museums and gallery spaces. by standing on a ladder, he carefully drizzles the fine threads into place, resulting in branch-like growths that hang from the ceiling in sweeping, undulating shapes. the chiaroscuro of the room becomes a significant part of the artwork’s tone: the installation takes on a delicate, aerial chroma, while the cellar it sits inside is a deep, shadowy space. Recently, I have been interested in the effects of time on an object, and how it gains experience and importance due to it’s absorption of energy from the aspects of the universe it interacts with. This ‘crystalisation’ of the string mimics the way that bio-mineralisation and calcification occur within organisms to create bone or shell structures within their form.  As an object ages, it becomes more and more fragile, yet more precious, due to it’s long existence.

Another variation of ‘Vertical Emptiness’ explores this relationship between purity, value, and nature. The result is a dense, willow-like forest that engrosses the viewer in an immersive white brush. the intricacy and fragility of the piece are dramatic visual characteristics, and the natural materials which it uses as a support system connect it to the environment. The use of the crystals is very interesting, as it seems to manifest the energy ‘bleeding’ out of the dead trees into the surrounding space. Usually, this energy and nutrients would rot and be absorbed by the earth, and into the life cycle once more. Here, they grow into a series of beautiful crystalline forms. An Ethereal forest, that hangs from the ceiling like a great colony of silk worms, or much like a spiderweb. How fascinating it is that such forms can create so many separate, and yet connected, images and concepts within the mind of the viewer.


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