53美術館、広州 / 中国
tears in a tear bottle
53 Art Museum, Guangzhou / China
tear bottles, rain of Guangzhou, ash, wood, hemp string, others
photo ; Masaki Kobayashi
「泪壺の涙 / 中国」
' tears in a tear bottle / China '
Installation ; 53 Art museum, Guangzhou China
This artwork was created during an art Residency in Guangzhou, China.
During this period, Guangzhou was in the rainy season, and there were occasional heavy thunderstorms that had never been experienced before. So I came up with the idea of making a work using the glass bottles that were thrown away locally and the rain, and I put cracks in the glass bottles and hung them on a passage outside the art museum. Rain accumulated in the hanging glass bottles, and raindrop dripped randomly from the cracks.
People passing through the passage looked up at the tears dripping from the glass bottle with a smile.
This artwork is actually inspired by "Lacrymatory(tear catcher)" used to collect tears as an elixir in Iran.
A lacrymatory(from the latin, "lacrima"= a tear) is a small vessel of terracotta or, more frequently, of glass, found in Roman and late Greek tombs, and supposed to have been bottles into which mourners dropped their tears.