Installation view of Art Festival “Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018” 「タイビエンナーレ2018」
Beavers chew on trees, sharpening their constantly-growing teeth. After it is felled, a tree becomes building material for the beaver’s dams or for a lodge to live in. The marks left on the tree stump are a side-product of this activity, but they remind me of sculptures carved by human artists.
I provided a beaver with part of a tree to work on, and used the gnawed wood that it produced as a motif for my own sculptures. For the actual production, I commissioned a stone-cutter in Thailand to carve human-scale models of the beaver’s work in wood grain stone, and installed them around a pond. The result is a sculptural work created by two artists, with the human imitating the beaver’s creation.