Esther Kim

Visual Artist

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Growth
2017
7" x 11" x 18"
Plaster, aqua resin

Growth is an exploration of human and nature hybridity, a combination of a plaster casted torso and aqua resin casted corals. Taken through multiple mould making processes, the mould and material plays an integral role towards its representation. The body is casted from a one time use alginate mould that contains elements derived from algae and kelp; while the coral is made into a rubber silicone mould, a man-made chemical compound that can be used to cast numerous positives for several decades. The fragility of the human body casted in plaster is contrasted with the solidity of the resin, an excrescence to the human body. This unnatural growth of corals acts as the skeletal framework holding the body in place and completing its form.

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