Inspired by Francesca Pasquali, “Red Straws” (2015), this installation is a transposition of my previous 2D charcoal landscape into a 3D assemblage of daily industrial materials to demonstrate deforestation. To start off, I was fascinated about relief sculpture, so I carved a piece of Styrofoam into seven layers based on a photograph I took in New Zealand. Then I glued materials, such as nails, zippers, and gears, on the Styrofoam to represent different industries that replaced the forests. During experiments, I accidentally found out Styrofoam melts when spraying on it, so I took use of the specialty and create various textures. With silver spray paint, I achieve a monochromatic work, whereas it reflects its environment and make the audience part of itself. In addition, the work has a wooden frame which play as a sarcasm to the reciprocal relationship it has with the landscape. In conclusion, the installation serves as a symbol of deforestation and delivers an alarming message.
Khloris Liu is an interdisciplinary artist and product designer. She is currently pursuing a Product Design BFA degree at Parsons School of Design. Having grown up in between the ambiguous political stage of Taiwan and China, she was encouraged to think critically about her relationship with the people around her and the world. She works in various media including fine art, ceramics, wood working and fine metals. Her works are forms of activism that often address topics such as environmentalism and feminism through daily objects and installations.