“ To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees. ” ― Paul Valéry

Bleeding Tool Series 

This series reveals the agential stone material and the object’s agency: the Hematite, a so-called bloodstone. The stone is ironed-grey, but its streaks are red-brown (see photo). While carving it with water, the stone pigments released iron oxide dripping with water, becoming blood-like liquid. It evokes my perception to imagine the stone matter has its agency (vitality) to bleed as species. I carved the bloodstone to mimicry the steel knife, hammer and chisel, combined with the handles also made by different kinds of stone to imitate other materials (wood and plastic). They look like tools but cannot be really used with their fragility, and once it is used, it breaks and bleeds, just like a fragile human heart and flesh. 

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As a Tool I  

2016, 21.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm, Hematite, Hematite stone powder ,Onyx

stone carving

As a Tool  II

2016, 12 x 3 x 2.5 cm, Hematite, Hematite stone powder, Petrified Wood

stone carving

As a Tool  III

2016, 20 x 9 x 1.5 cm, Hematite, Hematite stone powder, Nephrite, bandage

stone carving, fabricated,

Bloody Chain  

 

2016,  necklace: pendant  8 x 3 x 3.5 cm ;

steel chain 65cm

Hematite, steel chain

carving, fabricated