Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Haruka Miyamoto's Junk Dodos

"The idea of this work is based on life cycles in nature.

Haruka rescues materials from the bin and gives them a second life, so they don't end up in landfill.

The impact that humans have on nature can be devastating. The dodo, which became extinct due to human activities, is a symbol of extinction.

Haruka's extinct animal collection is formulated from her childhood memories. Coming from a small village near Hiroshima in Japan, she was privileged enough to grow up with nature all around her: mountains, natural forests and a wide range of animals.
This beautiful environment has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, through the thoughtless actions of humans.
She expresses anger and sadness through her use of the colour black."

 The Dodos appear to be made out of a mixture of scrapped materials such as leather, rubber, wire and plastic. Their proportions offer an appealing contrast between round, chunky bodies and necks and slender, spindly beaks. The texture of the feathers is satisfying as a mixture between the hard edges of the fabric and the softer feathering that's been cut into it. However, the dodos seem to be lacking a certain element of connectivity with the viewer - we are reminded that they are objects, extinct, and merely a representation - through the lack of eyes. Whilst these birds are a more solemn reminder of the fragility of life, they don't offer the playfulness or lighthearted side of interaction that can put a more friendly face to awareness and conservation.

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