Text- Statement for Cast and Rot
This series is inspired by my experience conserving and restoring modern and contemporary sculpture. As a simple experiment, I applied a conservation treatment for bronze sculpture to a "carrot." Usually, the conservation process for bronze sculptures consists of neutral detergent cleaning, complete drying, wax coating, and polishing as needed. When all these processes are conducted on carrots, somehow they extremely resistant to "rotting". However, these is a such limitation and if no care is taken, after the second year or so, red mold can develop. With the presence of moisture, bugs can grow in an unfavorable environment. On the other hand, the bronze material, which I have been working with in the field of conservation and restoration, is recognized as a highly permanent material. Some people say that bronze can outlive humankind by more than 10 million years. Nevertheless, this is only the case when considered as a mere material. When observed as an "object of appreciation," bronze will probably decay if left for two years without any preservation treatment. I sometimes view such "remaining" objects as bronze with the same sense of time as dried carrots. In this mood, I imagine that carrots are made by pouring plant life into earth, in some from of "casting." Carrots are "cast"ed and then, they "rot." What is the meaning of the word "remain" here? I still don't know how to deal with this word, one I have used for as long as I can remember.