Objects in Resin
objects with resin
Miyamori works with natural materials to show the flow of energy through the earth, from early sapling stages into the support of the root, to the continually peeling bark. Miyamori's tree rubbings contain multiple phases of a root's life, and combines it with her naturally found charcoal on the washi paper. Through her tree rubbings, she is able to show the stages and spirit of the tree, while renewing it's energy into new pieces of artwork.
Miyamori began to use a synthetic polymer resin, a UV resistant clear resin, in 2005. She wanted to use the artificial resin as a way to suspend her objects that she covered in her natural tree rubbings. The chemical reaction between the natural paper and object, and the artificial resin, caused bubbles and ripples that showed the clash between artificial and natural. Miyamori also suspends tree roots within the resin, with the pockets of air within the roots, expanding and breaking free from its constraints and causing the bubbles to show its life against the chemicals of the clear resin.
The synthetic and hard, clear, resin, used to encapsulate the natural fibers of washi and the soft markings of natural charcoal, also yet is soft as it captures the floating elements within the fiber. She began with the idea of a tree root suspended in the resin, when she saw a seven-foot tree root that clung onto the remains of human life around it such as debris from construction, and rubbish, intertwined within the strong roots. The root itself brought Miyamori to explore the relation between humans and the earth, beginning the series of resin encapsulated works.
There are two series to Miyamori's resin work. The first is an object completely submerged within resin. Objects are covered with my tree rubbings, and like a skin, the washi tree rubbing is pasted on the object before being embedded in the heavy, clear, solid resin. Within the drying period, there is a chemical reaction between the synthetic polymer chain and the natural object, creating movement in the resin and hardening to retain the characteristics of this chemical change.
While Miyamori's work moved away from resin, she still explores the relation between humans and the earth by focusing more on the connection rather than the reaction. Much of Miyamori's cube work spanned from 2006-2012, and she still implements resin into her tree rubbings in a much smaller scale.