Inspired by the Lunette of Mungo, the trees and energy (both meaning ‘ki’, in Japanese) along the Murray River, and the intercultural histories across geographies, this installation brings together ideas, materials and hybrid subjectivities that traverse time and space.
Eggshells. Fallen branches. These are things in our everyday world that are typically considered disposable, having little use or value. When we regard them as such, they have a tendency to fade and even disappear from our collective consciousness, rendering them invisible. Yet, when we bring these substances in an unlikely and incommensurable way in the form of art, a transformation occurs in our consciousness that renders such things visible by actively inviting reflection, generating insight, and opening up possibilities to imagine other-wise. This transformative reversal is precisely what this installation attempts to accomplish.
“Art is merely an extension of nature. I hope we can look at our weaknesses to create a bond which is relational.”
In Junichiro Iwase’s sculpture and paintings, the use of eggshells has been a central and enduring aspect of his work to foreground the notion of vulnerability, fragility, and uniqueness to all living things. The artist is drawn to the material’s natural representation, which can offer alternate views on contemporary society.
Junichiro Iwase is a Canadian artist of Japanese ancestry whose work spans over 20 years. His work has been featured in international and local exhibitions: 10th Liverpool Biennial; Art Fair Tokyo; Korea International Art Fair: 1st Pocheon Biennial; Seoul International Print, Photo, and Edition Art Fair; Shanghai Art Fair; Nikkei National Museum. Other special projects include: digital screening for Vancouver Asian Film Festival; animated prints and paintings in Tokyo; HIV/AIDS sculpture in New York; Nikkei Fishermen’s Memorial in his hometown.
Currently, Iwase lives and works in British Columbia with his family. He continues to find new approaches to his egg theme by presenting his work to audiences at local and international venues.