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Found Object Terrariums Capture Nature in Jars



一个完整的树枝被切成十几块,神奇地封装在玻璃瓶子里,像被冰封着的一样。在这个工作室中,艺术家伊藤尚子(Naoko Ito)通过在玻璃内部放置荒野元素来表达驯服自然的寓意,如同一个微型花园。这个展览与芬兰摄影师Christoffer Relander的充满狂野的双曝光照片里的罐子有些相似,但伊藤尚子在室内创造了装满大自然的瓶子。在视觉上,这项工作的逻辑方式更倾向于德籍韩裔艺术家Andrei Koschmieder装满假杂草的罐子,当然,伊藤所放置的物体则是生长在旷野的真实物品。


Naoko Ito encapsulates wilderness ephemera in glass and wood.
Severed into a dozen pieces, an imposing tree branch is magically encapsulated in glass jars, evoking ice-covered limbs. In her Urban Nature body of work, artist Naoko Ito tames nature by capturing wilderness inside of glass, like found object terrariums. The presentation is somewhat similar to Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander's jars filled with double exposed photos of the wilderness, except Ito creates room-scale installations of jars filled with nature. Visually, the work is more in line with German-Korean artist Andrei Koschmieder's installations of jars filled with fake weed—except, of course, Ito's captured objects are real items found in the wilderness, and presumably legal.
Ito, who originally studied visual communication design in Tokyo and worked as a graphic designer, moved to New York City in the late-00s for an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. There, she created a fine-tuned balance between her design approach and artistic investigations.




"I utilize glass jars for multiple reasons for installation works," Ito tells Creators. "The installation piece Silence (2009) is the first time I used glass jars. One of the subjects is expressing winter's landscape in New York, and I became interested in using glass, because its characteristics are similar to ice—transparency, fragility, and coldness."
In more recent works in the Urban Nature series, Ito has added words to the jars. In one, she places "Wind" on a jar, while inside is a leaf. "I employ glass jars to explore the idea of catching a moment," she says. "As [for] Wind, I did catch the leaf and wind."


伊藤说,她去年在芬兰居住时,更新了“城市自然”系列作品。在那里她研究了芬兰法规Everyman's right,在芬兰,国家允许任何人进入公共或私人土地进行娱乐活动。

Ito says she worked on the latest entry in the Urban Nature series while at a residency program in Finland last year. There, she researched Everyman's right, the country's public right that allows anyone to access public and private lands for recreation.




"Nature-related subjects are always interesting to me," says Ito. "And the relationship between moral values and social values is another one of my interests since I moved to the US."
While the nature motifs are ever-present, Ito has no set process for finding objects and selecting text, then combining these and other elements with frames, beams, pieces of wood, and other surfaces.


她说:“很难说明这个过程,因为每次都有不同的方法,而且找到正确的方法并不容易。” ,“但我一直在寻找对象、文字、故事和图像。”

在芬兰完成的“城市自然”系列作品都十分迷你,就如同那件名叫“Everyman's right”的作品——一个装在玻璃罐里的蘑菇,相比起这件作品,伊藤大部分作品结构都复杂得多,例如,前文所述的被肢解成小块放置在罐子里的树枝,但它仍然看起来像一个整体。

"It's hard to talk about the process, because each time there are different ways and it's still difficult to find a right way," she says. "But I am always looking for objects, words, stories, and images."
While the Finland additions to Urban Nature are extremely minimal, like the piece titled Everyman's right, which features a mushroom inside a jar, much of Ito's work is more structurally complex. The piece Ubiquitous, for instance, is tree branch cut up and placed inside jars; so that while it is in dozens of pieces it still looks like a whole branch.



But not all of the Urban Nature series is objects inside jars. Ito also regularly works with metal wire, bending and configuring it in ways that almost make it look like netting, cobwebs, or the leaves of willow trees. She is currently working on an installation made completely with wire, while also planning an upcoming installation.







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