Measuring Time is a work of three geometric columns, carved out of solid timber. They each have their own unique, repeated pattern emulating patterns in nature that symbolise the rhythm of life.
Buddhist philosophy essentially teaches that nothing in the world is permanent, that everything is subject to change and decay is inherent in all component things. The intention is to give the tree from which the wood was cut a new life and purpose.
The work is installed in the native garden surrounded by tall eucalypts to help make the connection between the tree in its original form and the “rebirthed” version of “Measuring Time”. It also alludes to the idea that depending on where we are from, shapes our views and the way we look at the world. Roughly twice human height to inspire us to look up beyond the columns and the tree canopy to question our own physical place in the universe.
Caroline Kronenberg was born in Switzerland and spent her teens in Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Vision Science) at Sydney University and currently studies a Master of Art at UNSW Art and Design.
Caroline explores an amalgamation of art and science. She is interested in how people view things and how the sense of sight is regarded not just as a physical process but how we interpret what we see.
Her particular interest is temporality and how humans deal with the reality of this. She is currently investigating the Zen Buddhist philosophy of impermanence, which embraces the process of nature as a part of life’s flow of energy.
To finish off an eventful year of creating art, Caroline will undertake a residency in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she will work on her first solo exhibition exploring the theme of lifecycles.