• The Process of Recovery

    Date posted: December 4, 2009 Author: jolanta
    Thinking is a process that never stops throughout our life, and is based on the correction of everyday experience in our memory, no matter how fragmented they are.

    Ma Qiu-Sha

    Thinking is a process that never stops throughout our life, and is based on the correction of everyday experience in our memory, no matter how fragmented they are.

    Beijing, the heart of China, is an ever-erratic city. Because of the great financial and cultural growth, the city is changing every day; this is where I was born and where I am living. I feel that the people living here are also “morphing” together at the same pace. We become good at mimicking; we can no longer find our own memories even in our own city. Links to our memories are being broken; they crumble. We are left with pieces of memories that have fallen in space and time. This always makes me wonder; it confuses me. As I feel a pain that cannot be verbalized, I feel a desire for the unpredictable future. That is why I am interested in these two topics, pain and desire, within my works.

    Pain comes from this overwhelming feeling of detachment; desire comes from pain (like a painful wound that is soon to be recovered always gives you a desire for scratch)—from a video of me keeping a blade in my mouth, a piece that talks about the pain of love; to a 3-channel video work playing a blaring sound of tearing clothes by two people that causes pain in viewers’ ears; to the glitter of an extravagant necklace made of 24 teeth from my grandfather; to a moldy Snow White dancing in a music box; to a fragile hair web attached to a entire wall.

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