A wall lamp is on the left, a frame-sculpture in the centre, and a wall-mounted shelf on the right to form a display of a balanced indoor environment we generally recognize. And this is the ‘environmental renderer’ I have made. On the left, the main body of the wall lamp made of glass which is the colour of human teeth. When making coloured glass, the pigment layer has to be first softened and then clear glass wrapped around it. Air is inserted through a pipe, and the two layers are melded together. To a certain extent, the glass layer achieves coloration, like the dentine and enamel of human teeth. On the other hand, human teeth comprise a stable porous organic material, so there is space for microbes to proliferate but they can last for a very long time, and are thus a very remarkable substance. Jade Bi is a symbol of longevity, luck, wealth, and social status. Like glass, jade is fragile. I set the shape of the glass into that of Jade Bi (Han Dynasty) but with the colour of human teeth, and filled with air to wrap and seal the capsule of best wishes within this piece of artwork.
At the centre of the installation, there is an empty riveted-aluminium frame. The work itself is missing to reflect the project theme ‘The Getaway Manual’, and also make the vacant centre space a tabula rasa, to make the scene feel provisional and heightening the feeling of futility. The process of connecting the aluminium sheets together made me feel that I was performing a minimally invasive form of metal surgery: first, you create a tiny hole, then use rivets to ‘sew’ two pieces together. While arranging the sheets, the boundaries changed; it was like a ‘Society Surgery’. Thus I was trimming aluminium sheets into random rectangular pieces, then usingrivets to rearrange and combine them together to reorganize the social order. In the midst of the chaos, my action performs a reordering, a mending, through repetitive hammering movements on aluminium.
On the right…
Medium: Aluminium, glass, wood, paint and rivets
Size: 190cm x 61cm x 5.5cm