Nobuho Nagasawa - Utsusemi
  • Nobuho Nagasawa - Utsusemi

    Utsusemi, 2019
    1 x 1 x 3 in || 2.5 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm 


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    Nobuho Nagasawa is a New York based transdisciplinary artist whose site-specific and community responsive works explore the politics, ecology, and psychological dimensions of space and people.


    In Japanese, Utsusemi means both the empty shell of a cicada as well as the mortality of human beings. During the Heian period (794-1185) the word represented a literary and aesthetic concept – a pathos of the transience of things – and the immortal aspect of transcendent rebirth.

    Nagasawa’s cicada sculptures pay homage to the insect, its role in the ecosystem, and the larger cycle of birth, death and transcendence. The palm-size cicada sculptures are free-standing and intended to be touched and interacted with. While the patina of the bronze is sealed, as the work is caressed, it will age together with its owner in a synesthetic relationship.