February 17, 2008

Rift --> Adrift

Sabrina Raaf
Rift - - > Adrift
I struck by this work because I thought it most depicted the idea of “culturing nature.� It is a metallic sculpture at first glance, but look a little closer and you’ll see it is also attached to a motion sensor. Crossing the motion sensor the two plastic figures near the base of the sculpture resembling birds begins moving as if drinking from the small pool in front of them. Although the pool is not filled with water, instead it’s filled with oil. I thought this was really clever because while in the natural world water may be the source of life, in this recreation of the natural its source of artificial life can be tied back to oil. In this way I felt that this work took an element of the natural and adapted it to modern cultural values.