If there’s one living thing NOT excited about the holiday season, it has to be the tree. Think of all the wrapping paper, newspaper ad sections and piles of shopping bags! Japanese artist Yuken Teruya has been transforming that last item into something that recalls its living source. With impressive precision he cuts a two-part silhouette – the lower branches and trunk, and the leafy top – into the side of each bag. Then he carefully folds them down into the space inside, joining the two shapes together and finally rooting the base of the trunk with a single drop of glue. Looking inside, viewers are treated to a magically idillic scene, softly lit through the holes above.
Teruya’s ongoing series is called Notice – Forest, and was featured as a solo show earlier this year at Pippy Houldsworth using luxury shopping bags from Chanel to Ladurée. That’s a lot different than what he’s used before; previously employing inexpensive bags from businesses like McDonald’s. Either way, each of his works makes a beautiful and insightful statement about consumerism and often needless waste. Be sure to check out the other objects he’s been cutting miniature forests into on his website.
Previous examples from the series, not featured at Pippy Houldsworth: