TitleThe week ( a fossil time )
LocationCowra Sculpture Park
Mediumstone and paint
CreditGift of the artist and Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre 2017
With an interest in the containment and passing of time, Gotō uses ash-pressed ōya stone quarried in central Japan alongside Cowra granite in this methodical interpretation of a single week. The faces of each stone block contain carved and painted Kanji characters corresponding to the Five Phases (fire, water, wood, metal, earth) but it is the playful and cryptic assemblage of the pieces that brings intrigue to the work. Gotō’s unique spatial and temporal logic is demonstrated through the concealment and obscuring of the characters within the column of blocks and through the intentional placement of six blocks along the ground. On the flanking boulders of Cowra granite is a simple poem assigning actions and qualities to each day of the week, an ambiguous key to the sculpture’s symbolic meaning.