The preciousness of a small object

The preciousness of a small object

Rei Naito’s pillow for the dead 1998 (illustrated) offers a quiet memorial to those people who have no-1 to mourn their passing. The work’s miniature, gossamer kind is a metaphor for the fragility of our existence. This small cushion of air woven in sensitive organza and thread, small more than enough to match in your palm, is fragile and nearly weightless but definitely treasured — traits the artist amplifies by presenting it by itself, cradled by a pedestal within a bigger volume of place.

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GOMA, right up until 23 April 2023


Expansive and inspiring, ‘Air’ at the Gallery of Contemporary Artwork (GOMA) in Brisbane showcases extra than 30 substantial Australian and worldwide artists, reflecting the vitality of our shared ambiance. Presented throughout the full floor floor of GOMA, the exhibition is a journey by way of this invisible, ethereal and vital ingredient, reflecting on awareness of our shared environment as existence-supplying, most likely unsafe and rapidly warming.

Rei Naito ‘pillow for the dead’

Rei Naito, Japan b.1961 / pillow for the dead 1998 / Silk organza, thread / 6.3 x 4.5 x 3cm / Ordered 1999. Queensland Artwork Gallery Basis Grant / Assortment: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern-day Art / © Rei Naito / Photograph: M Campbell © QAGOMA

As with all of Naito’s operate, pillow for the dead exhibits a sensitivity to the preciousness of the small object, an serious consideration to detail and complete, and an awareness of the interaction of artwork and setting. The artist normally properties her fastidiously executed sculptures and drawings in goal-built structures that she generates herself, drawing on architecture and lighting as perceptual apparatuses that assistance stage the experience of the function for the viewer.

Edited extract from the accompanying exhibition publication Air obtainable at the QAGOMA Retailer and online.

Rei Naito, Japan b.1961 / pillow for the lifeless 1998 / Silk organza, thread / 6.3 x 4.5 x 3cm / Purchased 1999. Queensland Art Gallery Basis Grant / Collection: Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Modern day Artwork / © Rei Naito / Photograph: M Campbell © QAGOMA

Air’ / Gallery of Modern-day Art, Gallery 1.1 (The Fairfax Gallery), Gallery 1.2 & Gallery 1.3 (Eric and Marion Taylor Gallery) / 26 November 2022 to 23 April 2023