Missing Julie (Frame Installation) by Naai-Jung Shih
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner
The inspiration came from the symbol of wishes and tears. It is an expression while people looking out of a frame to wait for someone to return. Various types and sizes of glass spheres are used as a symbol of wishes and tears to imply the emotion that possible hides inside.
The steel frame symbolizes the presence of an eye as defining the boundary of emotion. The boxes are containers for different parts of memory. The emotion given by a person can be different from the way it is perceived. Different types of glass spheres are perfect to serve this purpose. The outdoor scenes are distorted and oriented upside down as look from the other side of the glass spheres. The springs are eyelashes as for the representation of eyes with the combination of glass spheres.
Design Challenges
The challenge had twofold as in metaphor and in creation process. The metaphor has to use flea market collection of glass spheres for different appearances. The symbolization of moving eyes was made by springs as eyelashes in different curves and orientations for distinguishing gestures. The production has to keep the balance of weight and transparency. The bubble-like spheres need to be like floating in the air. Several versions were made with or without frames. Even small modules of frame and glass ball were developed.
Production Technology
This installation was made by manual assembly. The proposed locations were photo-montaged with background photos taken by myself.
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