Thursday, June 20, 2024

'Modern Marriage' by Simon Fujiwara

Modern Marriage top view
'Modern Marriage' by Simon Fujiwara (2015).

Wandering around the Nine Elms Regeneration Zone, Embassy Gardens, surrounding the Embassy of the United States of America, you will notice some pieces of public art on display.

These works of art are on display along a Linear Park, which, when completed, will be a green walking route linking Battersea Power Station to Vauxhall.

One of the pieces that I find most interesting is 'Modern Marriage' by Simon Fujiwara.

This sculpture of a dismembered left foot, lying on its side, looks, at first glance, to be just a sculpture of a foot. However, on the sole of the foot there is a gold wedding ring embedded in the skin.
Modern Marriage bottom view
A wedding ring embedded in the sole of the foot.

It is an intriguing piece, that I find endlessly fascinating.

Simon Fujiwara was born in 1982, in Harrow, to an English mother and Japanese father. They moved to Japan, then on to Spain and finally settled in Cornwall.

It was while in Cornwall that Simon discovered his passion for art. He went on to study architecture at the University of Cambridge, before studying art at Frankfurt's St├Ądelschule.

His work includes film, installations, paintings, photographs and sculptures. 

His work has been shown all around the world, in such places as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Tate Modern (London) and the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Tokyo).

Much of Simon Fujiwara's work is often emotive and autobiographical in nature.

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