Ya-chu Kang
The Fence
2015
Bricks, cement, cow dung cake, metal, wire, wood, branches, fabric
Global Nomadic Art Project- Nature Renaissance, Gujarat, India

The fence represents the separation and line. I am inspired by some area we visited during the GANP journey in Gujarat, where the forest and desert near by the country border between India and Pakistan. Not only a big wall separated the countries but also distinguish the landscape, and people might get shot by the border soldiers if they walked through the forbidden area. Thus, the border is moreover relates to life and death, known and unknown, natural and civilization, etc. I saw some fences of people’s house in Velavadar village using salvage fabric scraps to tie the branches and wire together with some found materials. It is a form of separation from local life-style that combines grace with rough, natural and wastes, colorful and simple. Along these lines, I am not trying to create a new form of sculpture, instead, I am bring back something visual that people are familiar with and questioning the audiences about the meaning of borders and boundaries, and making the connection to various borderlines of demarcation in our life and society. What does this sculpture divide? People can still go around the fence and enter into another side of the fence. The fence crosses the edge between sidewalk and meadow by vertical direction. The materials and forms of this sculpture installation were constructed from artificial to natural, and including the elements of earth, air, fire, water, wood and metal. It is built from stable cement into frangible slim branches, which respond to the idea of progressing of life and natural cycle.