Exhibited at the “ExtraOrdinary Exhibition” “Shhh (樹)” interactive embroidery neon installation that responses to the broken trees damaged from the typhoon Mangkhut.
It was exhibited in Dec 2018 at “My Light, My Hood” exhibition at KONG Art Space in Hong Kong.
It requires two or more viewers to hold their hands and touch the wooden pole on each end, to light up the LED neon strips weaved in the work. It is a wake-up call from the trees and nature asking us to stay quiet and listen to what they have to tell us after the Typhoon Mangkhut. If we join forces together, we could revitalise the neighbourhood into better shape.
Wake Up Call
“Shhh (樹)” is a reflection of the memories of my 2 neighbourhoods, Causeway Bay (Leighton Road) and Fo Tan (Monte Path). One has the everyday routine I passes through everyday for 13 years for school, and another as the entrance to my former home. Under my imagination, roads have turned into river and buildings into trees.
After the Typhoon Mangkhut, a lot of places and natural sceneries in Hong Kong have been destroyed, including these 2 roads that hold a dear significant in my heart. As a wake-up call from nature, I would like to create an interactive piece that gathers efforts from citizens, with the gesture of hands holding symbolising an effort of working together, to revive our city into a beautiful natural scenery.
03 VISUAL DIALOGUE
Past to Present
The use of neon light in the Chinese character “Tree” written in Clerical script and LED neon light strips for the leaves on the work is my attempt to provoke a visual dialogue between tradition and modernity to us.
The traditional artisanal craft as a skill (neon light making and embroidery) and medium (neon light and LED neon light) to illustrate the seemingly forgotten “nature” (ancient script and Chinese calligraphy) in our modern society.