生きている宝石

Prologue  “Proper bio-filtration is the key to successful koi keeping.”

Part I  1.  “A Formal Approach To Pond Design”  (upper left)

2.  “Plants and koi live in harmony in well-cared for ponds.”  (lower left)

3.  “If you have or think you might have a predator problem, plants are a natural, decorative answer.”  (upper right)

4.  “Koi and plants belong together in nature and in our ponds.  We simply need to provide our plants with some protection in our closed-system garden ponds.”   (lower right)

Part II  "Bringing the Outdoors Indoors" 

Part III  Hirenaga Koi Eating An Orange

Part IV  Bringing The Indoors Outdoors

Epilogue  “All koi are Japanese koi.”

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.