Kohei Nawa

Kohei Nawa, Japan b.1975 / PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 / Mixed media / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Kohei Nawa's works fuse the natural and virtual realms through exquisite studies in form and perception. His eye-catching 'BEADS' sculptures transform taxidermied animals and found objects through the application of transparent glass or resin beads. This outer surface approximates the thousands of pixels that make up digital images, as Nawa attempts to recreate the visual experience of the computer screen in sculptural form.

In this work, two taxidermied deer in identical poses, sourced from online auction sites, have been fused together in a form of doubling, which the artist likens to the effect produced when 'copying and pasting on the computer'. The exterior coating of beads fractures, magnifies and distorts the animals' forms, overlaying them with reflections of the surrounding space and the presence of the viewer. Frustrating our desire to touch the objects or to see them clearly, the sculpture suggests a disjunction between visual perception and bodily experience in the internet age.