Follies, And Yet We Still Go On
These textile flooring and mural are my own Follies.
Traditionally, Follies are a fake ruins in the European landscape gardens, especially in the 18c. Often they have a shape of Roman temples, Medieval towers, historic abbeys. Folly is a shy storyteller. It is a shallow mimic of real ruins, and the function is no more than decorative. However the follies also reminds us of imperfection and mortality of human being by its deformed shapes.
I wanted to redefine Follies, by finding the ruins from my daily life.
Unlike historical, grand ruins, the small ruins such as cracks on the pedestrian blocks, tiny hole on the building surface, molds on the ceiling, scratch on the door, are more of a ‘domestic’ ruins because it does not convince people in its value to be preserved. The continuous build-up, imprint, accumulation of experiences and personal history that is evident as a living creature, they all are happening in a ‘domestic scale’ in our lives, often neglected.
This whole research has been translated into a textile flooring and mural, while small objects hiding in the tiny corners of the room. I mixed various techniques- tufting, flock printing, knitting, and resin casting- to exaggerate contrasting materiality and subtle clash of colours that I encounter in domestic ruins. Softness and hardness, roughness and tenderness, delicateness and aggressiveness, and more.
What was important me was to make a composition with serene rhythm and dynamic that I see ‘domestic ruins’. I have researched the colour of moss in-between the cement bricks, textures of scratched wooden doors throughout time, pattern of broken concrete walls and wallpapers in an abandoned house, and interpreted them in textile language.
By my work, I want people to appreciate their domestic surroundings, and always find surprise from the beautiful layers of things that appears to be worthless.