TSU, '6. (The Sky That Lights Upon Us) V' (2021)
Kanazawa gold leaf (94% 24k gold, 6% silver & platinum), Shibuzumi paint, recycled timber. 143mm (W) x 28mm (D) x 184mm (L).
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Material: The wood was collected from demolition sites and timber dealers’ yards, unwanted and lying around Tāmaki Makaurau. The other material, Kanazawa gold leaves, are from overseas, contain 94.4% gold (24k), and are exceptionally fine at 1/10,000mm thickness (0.1 µm). Gold does not rust. Since it is the most stable metal, it has the effect of repelling evil spirits. It also has the effect of recovering, taking on the challenge again, and preventing us from breaking again. It has a healing attribute that has been used since ancient times as if the light of the gold illuminates the earth from the sky.
The black paint on the timber, diluted Shibuzumi is usually used for preventing borer, rain and humidity damage on the exterior of wooden architecture. It is a mix of natural ingredients including sour persimmons, Sake and ashes and contains no artificial chemicals. Each type of timber absorbs Shibuzumi differently, as they are individually unique like we are.
TSU is a collective of artists who are interested in the perspective of individuals in relation to wider social, cultural and political systems, and environmental awareness. The conversations that the artists have with others become triggers, which are transformed into the fundamental elements of a work’s structure. TSU’s recent practice sources materials from distinct locales, selected for their ability to convey meaning dependent on cultural context.