Fallen Cycle, 2019
Mixed-media installation
Dimensions variable

In collaboration with Sorn Patharakorn

Fallen Cycle explores nature of changes in many layers, especially the existential transition between life and death that goes in samsara cycle in some beliefs. That is juxtaposed in this work with the natural cycle of organic and inorganic matters. We humans are 3 dimensional beings living in space-time. The nature of change is apparent to us when we place excerpts of time side by side on our mental projection pane. When the series of change repeat themselves, they can be interpreted predictable as going forth and back or shifting between states in cyclical manner.

A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku when they were about to pass out of this life to the next. This haiku by Gozan was written by him at the age of 71 in 1789.

the snow of yesterday
that fell like cherry petals
is water once again

It shows the circle of life a popular belief in Zen Buddhism. Fallen Cycle is a mixed-media installation comprising Fallen Cycle (Clay), pieces of ceramic resembling fallen leaves on city/gallery pavement and Fallen Cycle (Paper), pieces of paper telling 2 stories from the very same alphabets. One is Gozan’s last poem as shown above. His poem is carved out from a single piece of paper, leaving holes where the letters used to be. Then the punched-out letters are rearranged to another text shown below.

day later
coy path echo
grey leaf alters
not like when it was first seen

The alphabets and the voids left on the page are the complementary opposites of identical outlines. The shift of arrangement creates a different meaning, they are of the similar elements with distinct compositions. Apart from Fallen Cycle (Paper), there is the spatial counterpart installed in the same space as they are meant to be in the same conversation.

Fallen Cycle (Clay) consists of ceramic pieces resembling dry leaves scattering on the gallery floor. These leaves out of natural context point to the natural cycle as observed by human. The leaves sculpture of Fallen Cycle (Clay) on the gallery floor act partly as an emulsifier harmonising the space in the attic art space to the outside. Although they appear similar, the leaves in nature are part of natural cycle, the leaves on the street need to be swept, and the leaves in the gallery setting become something else. Not only the context of leaves makes them different things, but also encourage different interactions with them.

Images courtesy of the artists