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Shedding Sheaths image

2015

Fibre-optic cable sheaths, concrete

Dimensions variable

© Nina Canell, Courtesy of the artist, Kukje Gallery and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
Photo by Robin Watkins, Image provided by Kukje Gallery
Installation view at Arko Art Center, Seoul

About

Nina Canell’s body of work can be described as a kind of “sculptural condition" that embodies both a state of stillness and of flux (as seen in natural phenomenon).

Her works challenge traditional categories of sculpture using chemical and material interactions between mediums that measure the constant flux of their surroundings—illustrating the invisible and immaterial world that remains unseen to the naked eye.

While today's increasingly digitized environment aspires to adopt a state of wirelessness, fiber-optic cables are still required and are found buried across the world and at the bottom of the ocean.

This conceptual tension underlies the antinomic relationship of technology—a major leitmotif of the artist since her early works that featured a cross-section of the bulky fiber-optic cable as individual sculptures.