Frozen sweat, resinEach bar measures 35 x 6 x 6 cm, with the 2 kg weights measuring 18 x 18 x 2 cm
Resistance is a pair of dumbbells made with frozen-sweat weights and bone-coloured resin bars. I produced the sweat during a purification ritual at the Suijin Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, for the exhibition Change Room at the Container. The sculpture was presented at the opening reception, during which time the weights slowly melted and produced puddles of sweat that eventually evaporated. Aside from playing with cyclical and experiential notions of time, the transformation of the sculpture’s principal material – sweat – further complicates ideas of gain and loss, which are commonly associated with weight-lifting, while providing a formal object with subjectivity.