Sophia Park


“Comformity”; Copper, silver, bonsai wire, paintbrush bristles; 10 x 6 x 5.5 inches


“Conflict”; Copper, bonsai wire, vegetable net bag; 15 x 6 x 5.5 inches

I find great competency in nature. This is exemplified in the way plants adapt and survive in response to harsh environments. To relate this idea to human beings, the poetic pieces constrict and impede body movement in various ways. The appearance of my work is derived from Bonsai trees, which are trained by wiring the branches, pruning the branches and trunks, and also pinching off new growth to create a particular configuration. I think the process of growing Bonsai resembles the human experience of hardship and difficulties for change and a new form of life. Just as Bonsai trees are pruned and clipped, human experiences prune and shape us to produce the fruits of patience and faith to persevere through hardship and difficulties. Dancers wear each piece and perform choreographed gestural movements as a metaphor for human patterns of adaptation in life. The work as a whole is representative of the message of adapting and surviving in response to the harsh realities of our environment.