Tatsuno Art Project 2013 : 15 - 24 Nov 2013 龍野アートプロジェクト １１月１５日～２４日 ２０１３
Sand River Project 2: Ibo River
I collected sand from the Ibo River and fired it.
Tatsuno, Yamazaki, Ichinomiya.
In the Middle Ages, Tatsuno was a castle town and Yamazaki a distribution center, and in ancient times, Ichinomiya was a rice-producing area.
Each town developed by reaping the benefits of the Ibo River. With the addition of Shiso, the source of the river, and Aboshi, its estuary, to signify the beginning and end of the Ibo, I gathered sand from a total of five locations.
By putting the sand into a ceramic kiln, and firing it using ten temperature patterns, I created sand with 50 different colors.
I chose three of these, and after crushing them into powder used them as paint. After mixing this together with white ceramic powder, I made a picture called Ibo River. I installed both of fired sand and painting in the riverside room looking out over the Ibo River and Tatsuno castle town.
Every town starts out as a small settlement. As people, goods, and information arrive from other places and accumulate in a complex manner, over a period of many years, the town develops its own unique character. Like the sand in a river, things comes from every area of the river basin, are carried beyond various borders by the current, and accumulate along the river to become part of the town.
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As I collected sand while traveling down the Ibo under the blazing sun in the summerof 2013, I physically experienced the towns as points along the river.
And as I fired the sand that I had collected, and saw its color change subtly according to the temperature of the kiln, I thought about how each town that dotted the river had prospered, how it had changed as a result, and how it had assumed its present form after slowly glimmering over many years.
Along with the passage of time, ceaselessly flowing since ancient times, the river ofsand has continued to flow, and along with people’s actions, given rise to the current landscape. Firing sand from the Ibo River and painting a picture with it makes me feel as if I have touched the essence of this landscape.
––Yoon Heechang Autumn 2013
砂の流れ －２ 揖保川
龍野、山崎、一宮。 龍野は近世の城下町として、山崎は中世の物流で、一宮は古代の稲作で、それぞれに揖保川の水流の恩恵を受けて発展した町だ。 そこに川の始まりと終わりの意味で、源流域の宍粟と河口の網干を加えた計５カ所で揖保川の砂を採取した。 その５カ所の砂を陶芸の窯に入れて１０パターンの温度で焼成すると、５０種の変色した砂が得られた。 その中から３種類の砂を選んで、砕いて粉にして絵の具とした。 それを白い陶磁器の粉と合わせて揖保川の絵 「 IBO River 」を描いた。焼いた砂とその砂で描いた陶粉画を、揖保川と龍野の町が見渡せる川沿いの部屋に展示した。