This was a site-specific installation I created for the Biennial of Hawaii X at the Honolulu Museum of Art in early 2012. Utilizing the wood and branches from a single koa tree, the suspended work casts dramatic, slightly moving shadows, which become as important as the physical material of the piece.The work is an allusion to a hidden world, and is inspired by a written passage by cultural practitioner Hannah Kihalani Springer:

Wao lipo, where the koa is the tallest of them all, casting the darkest shadows of them all. As populations grew, the forest retreated. The wao kanaka expanded (realm of man). It is the forests that fetch the rains, keep the moisture close. It is the forests that make right again the air for us to breath.

Media: koa branches and logs, habotai silk, archival inkjet images, epoxy resign, enamel paint, kitestring, upholstery thread, plumbing tape and zipties


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