water, pine soot ink, glass, inkstone, ash
The White, Tokyo
photo ; Ikuhisa Sawada
' Molecular clock '
Installation ; The White, Tokyo 2017
This artwork is inspired by the Sakurajima eruption in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Put a crack in the glass vessel made by blowing glass, black ink(made from soot of pine trees) is poured. Occasionally, an ink droplet falls from the cracks.
It drops into a glass container filled with water, spreads like volcanic smoke, and gradually disappears.
A work of impermanence and indefinite repetition.
The pine soot ink is decomposed throughout the artwork, filling the space with the fragrance contained in the ink and returning as pine tree particles.
The pedestal is made so that the sound of the falling inkdrops echoes beautifully.
* Molecular clock
Molecular clock is a technique that uses the mutation rate of biomolecules to deduce the time in prehistory when two or more life forms diverged.
It is sometimes called a gene clock or an evolutionary clock.