Wun Ting Wendy Tai
'Mourning Diary' series
"A strange new acuity, seeing (in the street) people's ugliness or their beauty", 2011
Installation / Sculpture. 25 x 25 x 25 in. Found lamp
The lamp cast a pale glow at night, rendering skin tone to a sickly colour. It is the only artificial light source when installed with the other two pieces.
The sculptures in this gallery address the transience of life and death. They are based on the experience of taking care of my mother before she passed away. Each sculpture can be shown independently or together as a larger installation.
After completing the pieces, I came across a book called 'Mourning Diary' by Roland Barthes. I felt an affinity towards his text - Barthes was putting in words what I was trying to express visually. I decided to use excerpts from his book as titles for the pieces.