17 May – 7 June 2021
Motoko Kikkawa: Engine in Nature
Engine in Nature
When I came to Dunedin, a few people took me to the Albatross Colony and I was very fascinated by the seaweed under the cliff, I felt a strong energy of life. I thought, I have to do something with Seaweed! It hit me with a very strong emotional reaction.
I started seeing washed up kelp at a few beaches in Dunedin. When I see the complicated but beautiful tangles, I see in their shape that they copy and show how life goes.
I took some home, washed and dried it, painted it and put in an art gallery six years ago, and after a few days the gallery said it smelled too bad and I had to take it out.
I decided to wait until the smell left to show people - and the time is now.
For a long time, I couldn’t decide which colour to paint it - each colour has meaning.
The colour I chose isn’t normally seen in nature, so it allows us to concentrate on the shape, rather than the kelp material.
When I painted the metallic colour, the kelp suddenly gained more power, like an engine.