FIRE #3 火の子 Papier-mache

While watching the black “charcoal” flakes that shrunk and rounded, it is easy to imagine the shape of the fire that had just been burning. By using pieces of charcoal as molds, thin layers of Japanese “washi” paper were papier-mached before the charcoal were brought out, to create one of a kind shapes. This was our way of examining how “fire is shaped”, which has not changed from ancient times.

角が落ち、丸みを帯びて少し小さくなった黒い“木炭”を眺めていると、消えてしまった“火のかたち”がほんの少し想像できた。その炭を型に、張り子の手法で薄い和紙を何層も重ね、最後に炭だけを抜き取ると新しいかたちが見えてきた。太古から変わらない“火のかたち”を探っていく。

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