Unfired porcelain, ink, sand, mung beans, plastic tray
140*100*20cm approx, floor based indoor installation
Hong Kong, China | 2016
This site-specific and time based installation was made for the Assembling group exhibition in Hong Kong, which I started developing while still on residency in Japan. I was inspired by the sprawling development and building in Hong Kong, and how this was in stark contrast to the rest of the region being 95% green space. I wanted to reference the sun, the giver of light and life. After burying beans into the soft porcelain with sand I started the meditative process of stamping in concentric squares. After I had completed stamping the surface I poured Chinese ink ontop of the porcelain, so the colour changed from ephemeral white to rich black. Because the ink is made from resin the surface started to feel like a tarry, plastic or artificial material at this stage, and pools of ink stayed collected in stamped areas. Over the period of the exhibition the mung beans grew out through the surface of the ink and revealed the white porcelain underneath, which gave a glow to the 'sun' character design. Over the coming weeks the air conditioner dried out the ink and water and the bean sprouts wilted and died, and finally went mouldy.