Hyoga (Glacier)

Hyoga (Glacier)

Site specific installation, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan 2016,  Polyester, abaca fiber, salt, glass,  3’x12’x17’

Site specific installation, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2016,  Polyester, abaca fiber, salt, glass,  3’x12’x17’

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I have been exploring contemporary shibori techniques using polyester fabric and handmade paper to address contemporary issues such as global warming.  By pouring pulp over textured and sheer fabric forms I try to explore the concept and forms of melting ice.  The various colors of blue and white are inspired by glaciers I viewed during a trip to Alaska.  The piece on the wall suggests sea creatures that are dying because of warmer temperatures and the contamination of the water.  The suffering ones are dark colored. The bullet forms are cast into star-like shapes that are connected like neurons, as we are connected to each other and nature.  Both pieces are site-specific installations for Gallery Gallery in Kyoto, Japan. During this exhibition, I also shared written wishes for the planet that I collected in the Northwest US to share American people’s concerns for global warming with the gallery visitors.   Please see some examples in http://www.seikopurdue.com/wishes-for-the-planet/.