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Sculpture: Fabric, Paint, Paper, Resin on Wood.
"Kaage" is a vessel from my Voyage Project. The name means Shadow in Japanese. I consider shadows to be our ethereal self as our corporal body moves through time and space.
Voyage Project is an interactive/participatory art project. I make sculptural vessels with a message embedded in their surface. The vessels are made available for purchase through brick & mortar, and virtual galleries. Occasionally, I will release a vessel to the general public; document the initial encounter, then as I receive notifications of their journeys from around the world I post updates to my website. To view video/pictures of prior releases, and encounters, please visit my website - www.FrancisSileo.com - and look at the details of the following vessels: "Fatima," "Murdoch," "Liberty," "Sophia," "Gewgaw," and "Dylan."
With this project I am exploring multiple facets of the human experience: the value we place on objects; emotional attachment to objects and their impact on people; an examination of time and space; the fleeting time of our existence on this planet and a contemplation of the things we will leave behind; the interplay between the virtual and real worlds; taking art from a static, observational experience, to a dynamic, visceral engagement; our willingness to relate with people that we have no prior knowledge of; creating a thread to share our common humanity and create moments of wonder in our day.
By purchasing this vessel, you become a patron of the project. But, if you purchase this vessel, break the seal on its surface and give it away, you become more than a patron, you become a participant, attaining empathy with the artist in experiencing the act of giving away a valued object.
Each vessel is crafted out of wood and en-robed in multiple layers of epoxy resin, sandwiching layers of paint, fabric, and other materials together, bringing a unique personality to every sculpture. The final coatings are several layers of marine grade, UV resistant varnish. Each sculpture is signed, numbered and dated, and comes with a display base.
Thank you for reading about my project. I wish you well on your personal journey, and may your days be filled with wonderment.