Creating a Dialogue: Contemplation

Process:

I invited people to my “Studio”. I made this installation setup to construct an atmosphere of “painter’s studio” or “art therapy”. The process gave me more than the results. I surprised that how people bring their personality automatically into my project.

I gave them four options to participants:

  1. Traditional Way: Sitting Still
  2. Musician’s Portrait: Play an instrument or pick up a song which represents you.
  3. Do a movement: I draw their contour and the trails of their movements.
  4. Write or Provide a Poem: Words will become the texture of their portraits.

I like both the silent moment that they contemplate themselves and the communication between us during the process.

Results:

  Craig   asked me if he can play his favorite song during the process, which sort of represents him in a way.

Craig asked me if he can play his favorite song during the process, which sort of represents him in a way.

  As an   enthusiast of movement and a dancer,  Kat  asked me if she can dance during the process. Of course, her movement is the best way to represent her. 

As an enthusiast of movement and a dancer, Kat asked me if she can dance during the process. Of course, her movement is the best way to represent her. 

  Zoe   was talking with me about her Pre-ITP life: as a teacher. 

Zoe was talking with me about her Pre-ITP life: as a teacher. 

  Eli Zhang  : “There  is  so much candidness in nudity yet it is so easily neglected.”

Eli Zhang: “There is so much candidness in nudity yet it is so easily neglected.”