Gentlest Gesture

Gentlest Gesture is a wire-mesh frame sakura branch over which I cultivated crystals. The Mylar blossoms are attached to and activated by an exposed muscle wire circuit. Muscle wire is a tiny hair-thin wire that has been treated with various metals and acts very much like a bio muscle, contracting when a current is sent through it. The effect is that the blossom gently moves, a motion somewhere between opening/closing and twitching.

Overall the sense of this work is meant to be one of optimism, transformation and mystery. This work was influenced by both a springtime bike ride though Karuisawa, Japan and Neruda’s book of poems Stones of the Sky. I was attempting to imagine climate change and it’s effect on the landscape as a positive thing. When Neruda was dying of cancer he wrote of the body transforming from flesh into crystals, into jewels. It is a geologic look at death as not an end but a very slow transition into something more beautiful.