Egyptian Frog

2012, Mixed media installation / Video

For this work I made a structure comprising 18 3.5-meter tubes stacked lengthwise upon each other. There are handles attached to each tube on each side of the structure. Turning the handles causes the tubes to rotate, and paint to spill from their top of the structure. I filmed over 10 people conducting this action. There is a natural decal effect as paint gradually flows down the turning tubes. Since the tubes cannot be rotated unless the handles are turned at the same time, it becomes increasingly difficult to complete the task as paint accumulates on the sides of the tubes.

Installation view of the exhibition “Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary,” at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2012