December 8, 2009

Jason de Caires made some really creepy sculptures underwater off the coast of the West Indies. His intention with this piece was to illustrate how:

time and environment impact on and shape the physical body. Children by nature are adaptive to their surroundings. Their use within the work highlights the importance of creating a sustainable and well-managed environment, a space for future generations. Taylor notes that close to forty percent of coral reefs worldwide has been destroyed and that this figure is set to increase. His work reminds us that the marine environment is in a constant state of flux, and that this in turn reflects poignantly the vicissitudes, changing landscapes, of our own lives. (from his website)

And though that is true, I think his work comes off very eerie and unsettling. His sculptures were molds from children of different races and ethnic backgrounds, which were then cast from cement and living coral. While underwater, sea creatures have been noticed living in or under the pieces.

Obviously they aren’t as freaked out as I am about these. His other pieces feature a man at an office desk, a table with a bowl of fruit, and faces placed directly in corals. These especially make it seem more and more like there was some sort of nuclear disaster that ended this specific human race. People are frozen in motion, as if taken unexpectedly (except the children in the circle holding hands– they must have known it was coming).  The fact that animals are taking over the art also gives the feeling that the world will continue on without us and slowly leave no trace that we even existed. I really dislike looking at these, but I also can’t look away.


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