Mist Dweller and Abacus 2022 Carving in Rata with paint, Abacus in Rewarewa, Aluminium, Wooden bead, Coconut bead, Oil, Jelutong chip carved stand with paint
Mist Dweller 300 x 250 x 110 Abacus 243 x 348 x 38mm
As humanity crosses the threshold of this cataclysmically forced new era, a rethinking of our roles within the narrative and re-evaluation of life purpose has come into play. The destabilising of old systems has brought the opportunity to reinvent organisations and value structures in a more conscious way, questioning previous beliefs. The Mist Dweller looks on at the abacus and calculates alternative mathematic sequences for this new world order. The mysteries of the universe are tabulated through telepathic reckoning, with the simple clicking of beads. A reference to the measurement of time is made through the graphic shape of an hourglass, Infinity like, in the central design of the abacus rod. During a period where time has become elastic, slowed through lockdowns and sped up through quick changes to regulations, this exploration of time and the re-examining of our values through the abacus, is an apt distillation of the zeitgeist of this moment in history. The piece draws its energetic materialism through the use of local timbers, carved native Rata, Rewarewa, while the coconut shell beads and abacus speak of our location within the broader Asia Pacific region.