舍利 | Relics
2014.9 - 2015.9
Relics is a year-long project in which the artist collects his fingernails and burns them into relics.
In Buddhism, relic is generally used to refer to pearl or crystal-like bead-shaped objects that are purportedly found among the cremated ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters. They are taken as evidence of the masters' enlightenment and spiritual purity. There is evidence that under certain conditions of heating, human bones can form crystalline structures.
Nails can be regarded as "surplus" things that can be continuously generated by the human body. By creating the co-existence of the living(artist) and the relics of the living(artist), the contradiction has been revealed and worshiped.