Sculpture By Yasuaki Onishi

Yasuaki Onishi was a first-time visitor to the Pilbara in 2015 where his response to the aquatic environs was informed by Japanese aesthetics and the reduction of the world to primary elements, a nod one might infer to the logic of Japanese Zen Buddhism, which holds the natural order in reverence. During his second visit Yasuaki created a cloud-like sculpture from the finest polyethylene sheet, which he subsequently manipulated through the application of heat. His choice of material, while being perfectly suited for the crafting of cloud-like forms, also raises questions about the boundaries between the natural and the manmade, and indeed if any such separation can be substantiated.