My Nike Will Live Longer Than Me II
- Left Shoe
Glass Crystal, Dichroic Lens
Installation size – L400 W400 H140 mm
Glass - L300 W200 H400 mm
Photographer - Russell Watson
“As I walk I realise my shoes will live outlive me. Long after I am gone, the materials they are made from will preserve them as entities independent of my ownership and one day the environment will reclaim them.”
In My Nike Will Live Longer Than Me II, the artist’s shoe embodies ‘the Nike’ as a symbol of the human footprint of consumerism and the longevity of its impact on the environment. Quartz crystals take root, grow through and around the shoe, giving a sense of the inevitability of climate and time reclaiming the environment, perhaps independently or hostilely from humanity.
Originating from NASA space technology, the shoe sits on a dichroic-lens. This material makes the form appear animated using reflected light to change colour depending on the angle on which it is viewed. Constantly revealing new aspects of its dimensional interpretation of form and space, the work references how climate science studies nature, allowing us a glimpse into possible and predicted futures.
It is through our ability to fundamentally understand our relationship with nature and co-create with the environment in a positive way that will define our future as a species.
This work will be on exhibition in Every Second Feels Like A Century at West Space Aug 31 – 12 Oct 2017.