“Once the wood is burned, it may not be unburned.”
“Heliocentrism” is inspired by the principle of the traditional way of Yakisugi. Yakisugi has its roots in Western Japan, whereas it has a historical endurance on wood preservation—after a long overhaul of burning, the wooden surface will turn carbonized. It aims to provide a fire-proofed, water-resistant, and corrosion-free protection layer, together with an exceptional texture and color tone.
The wooden panel of the work is first torched and seared. High-powered compressed air is then applied to blow out the burnt upper stratum of the wooden panel, exposing the unburnt layer of wood. Afterward, an immense heat with a temperature of up to 2000°C is applied to further enhance the complexity of texture and dimensional layers of the work. After cycles of repetitive process, a variation of depth is revealed along with a shiny crystalline surface and a view of shimmering stratum. The central brass plate is annealed to reveal a subtle chromatic color that harmonizes with the undulations of monochromatic light that emanate from the charred wooden surface.