Reflecting on the Kuji River
C-prints, Found objects
Reflecting on the Kuji River is a site-specific installation of photographs and found objects commissioned by the Kenpoku Art Festival, which took place throughout Ibaraki, Japan, in the fall of 2016. The aerial photographs follow the Kuji River from the source in the mountains to the mouth of the river on the Pacific Coast. The photographs, taken from a helicopter, capture brief flashes of sunlight reflecting off the river. The series illustrates the dramatic curves, oxbows and meanders as well as the straight reaches and irrigation canals. The photographs were accompanied by small collections of objects found along the banks and sandbars of the Kuji River. Antique porcelain, glass, plastic and stones with quartz veins were arranged in the same space as the photographs. The images and objects presented a dual experience of the river, the photographs from above and the objects from the surface.