The site-specific installation Vital Matter features three unfired clay sculptures standing within enclosed vitrines. The vitrines contain timed irrigation systems that spray the sculptures with water at regular intervals; over the course of the exhibition, the constant moisture melts and disfigures the figurines. When placed beside modern Vietnamese ink and silk figurative paintings, Vital Matter directly challenges society's perceptions of beauty over time, as well as commenting on the fundamental difficulties in capturing and preserving the beauty of form.
Vital Matter (2017)
Sculptural installation. Unfired stoneware, iron armatures, glass and wood vitrines, water irrigation system