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KAYO YOKOYAMA

Keith Maxwell

WHAT REMAINS, 2016

My proposal is to sculpt and mimic nature by weaving pulled glass cane through existing human artefacts and natural vines in the forest. Art can mimic nature, by seeking to visually replicate objects as they appear in real life. Art can open our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. It is a challenge to express our complex human connection to nature. The artwork proposes to draw attention to this complex relationship.
Pulled glass canes mimic the vines and plants which cover an old coal sieve, which remains, slowly rusting away in the rainforest. This work has the ability to interact with and educate the viewer about what miners used to do in the forest, spreading awareness about their lives. We feel an instinctual need to take care of the things we feel connected to. Often in our busy lives, we seem to take some of the important things for granted. History is an important factor for me, learning about the past and its connection to my life now.

Glass and metal.