Wounded Mother and Her Children

The installation represents a prolonged act of meditation on immortality.

All pieces of the work, including scattered dust, have places to fit for returning to the original.

"You shall not just dump it, go and pick it up" says my grandpa.

"There is no such thing as unnecessary, nor useless fragments".

They could re-assembled, it's a nature that resume to the original again...

In the same manner, every one in "Creation" is a piece of one built into the function.

"Trash is God, dust is Buddha".

There should be no unnecessary, nor no fragments with no place to go... says my grandpa.

There must be a place where everything fits in a large puzzle.
And anything is a piece of Gods, a large puzzle that keeps becoming an essential part of the mechanism. As I was a child, we've been told to such a manner from my grandfather.

This work was born inspired by the catastrophe, large scale of earthquake hit, then Tsunami attacked in Tohoku, Japan, on March 11, 2011. So is this work dedicated for the people who were shed home, people of deceased or missing, and with my missing relatives, friends.

This becomes a message to all spirit that they never varnished, yet they are one of those essential part of the systems, they exist in different form in this universe.

Images adopted here is from my hometown Kamaishi, first shocking image jumped in NHK broadcast video of Tsunami wave, and photo scene from my sis's destroyed home after Tsunami.



















Hiroshi Kariya, born in Japan, is a New York based Sculptor and Meditation Creative. His diverse and playful artistic practice, which includes sculpture, painting and installation, explores the conceptual aesthetic of objects through random encounters of materials, re-assembled situations and spatial relationships.


Kariya's art is based on the composition of "Sutra", sanskrit; meaning literally thread or string (to bind the pages of book), sacred code or measuring line.

Kariya composed his Sutra, with three words "the now is”, his signature tool, the key element to focus, that all is, simultaneous, events, object, people, whole universe, including bits and pieces.

And these words are written millions of times on the works. Writings of three words, they convey an index, a sense of immediacy and the present tense, in which Kariya experiences the creation of each work.

It is to investigate the roots of code of our believing system between the illusion, and its reality through his component of the work.

It may, then, for us to wonder "the" now is, the "now" is, the now "is".

Kariya has exhibited early year at the MOMA PS1 "Sound Show, special project: Meditation" 1979. Exit Art "Sutra", 1989. ICA Philadelphia "Sutra: One thing in everything: everything in one thing", 1990, then follows various institutions, museums and galleries.



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