the real cause of the corpse light phenomena has yet to be explained, but here are some of the proposed theories:
* Marsh/swamp gas = decomposing animal and plant matter release phosphine and methane through the oxidation process and can cause a glowing light to appear.
* Swarms of luminous insects = the wet ground in bogs and marshes is where fireflies breed and the swampy areas provide nourishment for firefly larvae.
* Bio-luminescence = some plants, like the honey fungus, or worms, like glow-worms, are known to naturally produce a dim light due to their body chemistry.
* Barn owls = their plumage is luminescent and reflects light from sources like the moon. When the owls take flight, the reflected light moves with them.
* Atmospheric conditions = unusual weather patterns can produce ground lightening and other luminous occurrences.
* Tectonic strain = when the earth’s tectonic plates shift, it can heat up layers of rock, causing the water within them to vaporize. If the rocks contain quartz or silicon, the column of vaporized water is channeled up through the surface and can produce electricity.
* Extraterrestrial = because they have been reported over swampy areas, some of the strange lights are believed to be UFOs.
In Japanese folklore, Hitodama (Japanese 人魂; meaning “human soul”) are balls of fire that mainly float in the middle of night. They are said to be “souls of the dead that have separated from their bodies,” which is where their name comes from.
- I start to think putting light in the bone china mold, due to the character of bone china. I research history and contemporary background of bone china before, at the time, I noticed the translucent is an essential identity of bone china, this make bone china different with other kinds of porcelain. I’m inspired by this point, why I can’t apply light in my works? How I take advantage of this character.
- I have researched some artists related bone china, Kate MacDowell’s is one of them, she inserted warm light in her works, so we can see the rough inner structure, while her works are devote to interpret the clash between the natural world and the modern-day environmental impact of industrialized society. This might be inspired me because of the method she adopt light in her works.
- From my concept, Hitodama are believed in Japanese folklore to the souls of the newly dead, taking form as mysterious fieryapparitions. In addition, hitodama is a natural phenomenon, is a kind of chemical reaction from elements of bones. I think I can give a new soul and belief to my works through inserting light in works, light can be regarded as a new soul to be inserted in works.
- Generally, people get quiet and consideration when they are surrounded little light. I hope viewer could consider the meaning of rebirth.