In this work I combine reclaimed and recycled acrylic and polycarbonate sheet with new acrylic sheet, utilizing laser-cutting technology to create perfect and reproducible forms. Here plastic functions as a physical embodiment of human achievement, a completely synthesized material both beautiful and terrible. Koi fish are a synthetic life form, bred for their beauty and returning to carp if released into the wild after only a few generations. They are contained in elaborate koi ponds which are created and organized as synthetic natural environments to set these "living jewels". This work asks the question: as we approach our dream of beauty in perfection, at what point do we become the koi?
*All quotes are from the book Keeping Koi by Nancy Wisner and Frederick Simon.