Nécessaire Équilibre by Cyriaque Ambroise is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. This artwork is based on the concept of a ‘necessary balance’ in all things. The work is a continuation of the Japanese heritage craft of Wagatabon carving, wooden trays once made by roof shingle makers in the small village of Wagatani. The arrangement and colours are reminiscent of the black and white yin yang symbol, in'yō in Japanese. The two parts are from the same log that was sawn in two, representing opposite forces becoming complementary, as they interrelate with one another. Cyriaque deliberately retains the cracks within the pieces, as a reflection on the imperfect and living modestly. His meditative process involves only simple hand tools and results in highly individual pieces with strong character.
Material: Maple wood
cm: Width 26.5cm, Depth 62cm, Height 5cm
Care Instructions: Wipe clean using warm water and a soft cloth or brush. Dry out immediately. Due to the nature of the wood used, this item may have existing cracks and knots which may evolve slightly over time, furthering their unique character.