Reginald Cineus
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Salt

SALT, INTUITION, ENVIRONMENT

This is an ongoing project where I'm experimenting with salt as a metaphor for our lives, choices, identity constructs. The idea I'm playing with is the impermanent captured in the eternal. Since these pieces are designed to fade over time and most likely dissolve in water. Salt is the symbol for the temporary (being an essential vitamin for our survival but only making up ten percent of our body, which relates to the importance we place on our identity and choices), water is the symbol for the eternal (all life comes from it and some theorize that water has it's own memory). I enjoy the thought of the temporary being recorded forever in the eternal as it fades away. So far I've been able to carve blocks of salt and create quick earth arts with regular salt. I view these pieces as an attempt to capture my thought processes and decision making patterns. With an uncarved block or a new untouched environment there are millions of ways a piece can manifest, but the choices made in that democracy reveal how an individual's mind assesses information at a given time and place; a metaphor for how the decision's we make in life reveal who we are (since at any moment there are many ways to view the world that surrounds us and a democracy of choices to choose from; we choose and see based on our mindset and sense of identity). I'm currently working on casting full figures in salt.

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Salt Carving

Salt Carving

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