Entering this brightly lit and colored space, the viewer is instantly surrounded with numerous sculptures that vary in different types of foliage hanging from the ceiling. Sonya Evanisko retrieved her inspiration for this collection from Japanese Kokedama, otherwise known as “moss ball”, which is a ball of soil covered in moss on which a plants grows and is sometimes suspended in the air.
Evanisko’s goal with these artworks was to document the imperfections of nature and unearth their beauty. When coming across moss emerging within a crack in the sidewalk, many people dismiss it whereas she takes notice to the “beautiful life form that found its home.”
In addition, Evanisko illustrates another Japanese notion of Kintsugi. With this, the Japanese repair broken pottery instead of throwing it away and highlight the repair as part of the object’s history.
Contrasting the two Japanese themes, Evanisko asks the question of “what’s valuable compared to what’s plastic and false and why do we collect these unreal, artificial things?”
The exhibition will continue being displayed through February 18th, so be sure to stop by and ask yourself these questions while developing your own interpretations of Evanisko’s colorful installation.