[May 6 2009]
The following is an email conversation with Terence Koh about his 2008 sculpture, “Boy by the Sea,” which depicts a perfect mirror image of Terence Koh’s body at 2/3 size, with bunny ears, and covered with 65,000 faux pearls. In making the work, Koh had his body scanned three-dimensionally, and, using the resulting data, was able to reproduce an exact replica of his body in the size he would have been as a boy.
Terence Koh: yes time is all the same illusion to me. so yes same boy, same time. but not kohbunny, this work for yokohama and the drawing is terence koh.
TK: again nothing to do with kohbunny. that is a website. just terence koh. i like rabbits. and the ears make everything more dramatic. the piece is about drama. actions. movement.
TK: i of course would love to do it all out of real pearls. but i would rather donate the money if i were to use real pearls to saving sea turtles. but research proved that all the pearls in this piece even if not “real” pearls from an oyster were created naturally from a blend of fishscales. and i love the idea that the fishscales have become pearls and in the end they look like scales on my body.
TK: i loved it. i love that i am preserved in 3D now in a form, and i want to distribute this information into the internet. so again its back to this idea of constant action and movement in the answer to my first answer.
TK: yes i love the sea more than most people. cause i am fearful of the sea, the darkness, the complete blackness. the bottom of the sea is the most perfect form of blackness and right down there is its equal, a pearl of complete whiteness. that pearl is hidden inside the mouth of this sculpture. and it talks for eternity to the empty plinth that is part of this piece.
Peres Projects, Berlin, until June 13