Neo-netsuke; Night and Day
Based on representations of animal forms and the ambiguity of scale,
stylised figures are cast from wax in sillicon moulds with sculpted exteriors.
The high contrast of the lighting lends the objects a sense of clinical or theatrical drama.
Along with the polished finish of the images it raises a possible and questionable monumentality.
Netsuke were delicate miniature carvings of Chinese and Japanese origin, often depicting creatures, objects and even scenarios- kept or carried on a wearer's body for protection and luck.
The opposite of monumental; yet containing a similar commemorative effect in a far more intimate form.