Virginia King Hinaki, 2019
Marine Grade, 316 Stainless Steel, each 1500 x 1500 x 3500 mm approx.
The three sculptures are interactive and an onward exploration of universal fish-trap forms. While the installation represents the gathering of food and survival, sit also refers to entrapment and loss. My aspiration is that by the development and abstraction of the forms to allow physical entry and entrapment, the viewer may consider the outcome of current global unsustainable fishing practices and their environmental impact. The works are conceived as an assemblage of three tall Hinaki forms with portals, alluding to captivity, containment and release.
Each work in the Hinaki installation can be experienced in a different way:
- The first artwork has a crawl hole into the space, with an internal space just large enough to sit in.
- The second Hinaki has two apertures and may be walked through, entered and exited with care.
- The third artwork has two keyhole slots of different intensities of constraint for visitors to edge or slide through.