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Lot #23 - Ken and Julia Yonetani

  • Auction House:
    Bonhams Australia
  • Sale Name:
    The Sherman Collection | Prints & Multiples | Online Auction
  • Sale Date:
    10 Mar 2023 ~ 2pm (AEDT)
  • Lot #:
  • Lot Description:
    Ken and Julia Yonetani
    (Japanese, born 1971; born 1972)
    A Pair of Candlesticks, 2011, from the series 'Still Life: The Food Bowl'
    Murray River salt; edition: 19/20 and 20/20
    heights: 31.0cm and 34.0cm
    incised with signature to bases
  • Notes:
    The following text is from the artist's website: 'From ancient Mesopotamia over four thousand years ago to present-day Australia, salinity has posed a major problem for civilisations throughout history. Along the Murray-Darling basin, known as Australia's 'food bowl' as it produces up to 90 per cent of Australia's fresh food, 550 000 tonnes of salt is pumped out of the ground every year to try and stem the increasing rise of highly saline groundwater. Still Life: The Food Bowl is made from this groundwater salt. It draws on still life as an artistic tradition that emerged as current agricultural practices were being developed, bringing new food produce to the tables of a rising European bourgeois class. The still life themes of consumption, luxury, vanity and mortality are reenacted, now entirely from salt. The stark white salt works bring us back to the environmental cost of agricultural production and link up with historical associations of salt—as a powerful, sacred substance that maintains life by enabling food preservation, but also induces the death of ecosystems and the collapse of empires. Salt becomes a metaphor for the rise and fall of civilisations throughout history, and the issues of environmental decline, climate change, and food security that face us on a global scale today.'
  • Estimate:
    A$500 - 800
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