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Plantarium by Gellerium

September 15 to October 15, 2022

Title: Salvation


Media:Original Dye Method inspired by Yuzen Kimono Dye, Three Layered Silk Organza, Acid Dye, Pigment

Dimension: 120cm(L)x50cm(W)


This work is a remake version of my t-shaped black background work. The pink and blue frogs are in the heavenly world. The other two are trying to go there. One is desperately climbing while grabbing the vine and the other is clinging to the frog's foot. Kumono-ito ( Spider Silk ) is a novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, which is a story of one bad guy whom Buddha was trying to rescue from hell because he once helped a spider. I express heaven as the flower of morning glory and thread as its vine. The flower has “glory” in its name, and glory represents the celestial world. Its stretching vine is an image of a hand of salvation. The image of these two frogs struggling to go to heaven really overlap that of ours. As the work is dyed on extremely thin silk and layered with intervals, it will sway with subtle wind creating by fleeting. It also loses its realism due to the hologram effect created by transparency and 3D installation. My intention for this work is for the viewer to think about greediness and feel the impermanence and insubstantiality of this world.

The subject of this dual art call is plants and our deep roots and relationship with trees, leaves, flowers, and greeny grass on the planet earth.

The planet will cease to exist without plants, and we enormously rely on the plant world and use them in diverse ways, from food and medicine to clothing, building, and fuel.

These days, several doctors prescribe a barefoot walk in nature, looking at plants, smelling flowers, and touching trees' skin as one of the best methods for maintaining and enhancing physical and mental health.


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