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Kerryn Sylvia

Asia Pacific Stack 2013

Wooden bowls and stands
Dimensions variable
 
 
Kerryn Sylvia
Asia Pacific Stack 2013, 2013
Wooden bowls and stands
Dimensions variable
Photograph: Kristian Häggblom


This work builds on from Hydrometry installed for Palimpsest #7, 2009. Wooden bowls where left to float silently across a small lake keeping a seemingly invisible formation. The process of collection has continued and the bowls now find themselves inverted, as if trying to get back to the shape of their natural tree forms, like totems to their origins. Asia Pacific Stack 2013 explores the crossing of borders into the Asia Pacific region through the tourist trade. The exchange of raw material souvenirs some of which take the form of handcrafted wooden bowls. These become part of the disposable culture of travel memories which are assembled and reworked into dynamic structures of thought and production. It questions what trees did they come from and who were the original craftsman? How much of those resources still belong to the region and can we carelessly continue to consume without thought when we become the tourist? The relationship between the tourist trade and consumption is a balancing act, like the children’s game of stacking cups, only the simplicity of the game becomes far more complex when placed in the hands of adults. We are all participants in the current shifting of global borders and this work is a participatory experience in which the viewer constructs the stacks (totems or trunks) from the materials provided. This allows time for them to form their own questions about the inherent meaning of the work.
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