“Using a simple action, such as intensifying the brightness at the center of the artwork, the light transforms the space and adds character… The light sculpture is partly inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s (1834-1919) detailed plots from nature and is a further development of Hilden & Diaz’s fascination with mirrorings, as they have previously applied in other artworks.
The forest is mirrored around it’s horizontal central axis and forms a circle 360 degrees around the light source and thereby leads one onto the notion of a real world versus an underworld. Interestingly, the roots are those elements of the forest that are the most visible. Thereby the sculpture is not only mirrored, but also turned upside down… As the intensity of the light source increases, the room changes and the space slowly becomes more and more fascinating and unheimlich.
Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest.”
Hilden & Diaz is collaboration between the artists Thyra Hilden (1972, DK) and Pio Diaz, (1973, AR). In 2005, the two artists founded the partnership. Hilden came from exploring existential ambiguity in her photographs and video installations and Diaz worked with political and social critique through interventions in public space. Their artworks have several overlapping branches: technology, cognition, psychology, history and most central nature. This palette of subjects, always seems to interlink through the core of their work.
Forms in Nature Chandelier in Action