STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery got a taste of the Far East on Wednesday, but Japanese artist Mayumi Amada’s exhibition “Mortality in Eternity” has a decidedly Western theme.
The installation is an ironic display that emphasizes the brevity of human life within the infinitely longer flow of time. While our time here on Earth has been relatively short, the human legacy will likely outlive the species and Amada’s use of nearly indestructible human creations hammers the point home. Plastic, in the form of recycled bottles, is the most prevalent material – kind of like the United States in 2013.
It’s a 3-dimensional exhibit that commands the full attention, if for no other reason than a visitor could walk right through a piece if distracted. Armada uses all of the gallery space, not just the floor and walls. Her work is philosophical and witty. Viewers encounter a floating field of flowers fashioned from recycled plastic bottles, a skull gazing into the infinite reflections of angled mirrors and a “human doily” of synchronized swimmers dissolving into patterns suggesting crystals or snowflakes.
A native of Japan, Amada now lives in Minneapolis. “Mortality in Eternity” will remain on display through March 28.