This is my artwork that reacts to a workshop, Foraging and Gardening in The City at Aalto University’s Environmental Art Department 2 to 6 September 2013 (Helsinki, Finland).
The concept of my creation is to invite the viewer to take a seat and to experience the nature. Here is the documentation of the piece:
väliin / in between
2013 September 6, Helsinki
Leaving home at 6:29:36 am, I start my journey carrying the chair to the bay around Toukolan rantapuisto. On my way to Vuosaari metro station, I took this photo as placing the chair in the park. It was a bit cold, since the sun was not rising high at the time and the fog was still settling upon the grass. Surrounding by the grass and mist, a sense of being protected by the nature soothes me. Also, by taking a portrait of the chair, somehow I realize a bit more about myself, of why being here and how I perceived myself.
In between the nature and me, human being; the outer world and the inner voice; last journey and the following one, and the virtual images and the truthiness.
It is 8:02:47 now, and the sun is fully hanging in the sky, but the beautiful fish scale like cloud hides the sun. The mist also sits on the water, as if a soft prologue telling the story of this journey. My journey of carrying the chair pauses and begins the journey of the chairs’.
This chair is the very object to me at this point, as a bridge to connect to the world and the core of my being. Yet at the same time, when bringing it into a public space, it also invites people to have a seat, to have a moment of relaxation.
The notion of putting the chair in the water is to wish us to take something, anything a bit out of ourselves, and walk into the place where we are familiar with, but somehow we forgot about it. The sense of stepping on the rocks, the sound, feeling the coldness of the water, the warm sunshine, seeing the reflection of the sky and the trees and small island in the front, the ripple, the people passing by, and the serenity and harmony within the whole.
It’s nice to have a seat, to have a rest after traveling for a while. Words cannot describe how grateful and happy I am after this 5 days journey with my lovely classmates and professor. I had a really difficult time cycling because of my lack of strength and energy comparing to others. It is just like a extreme sports for me, but it turns out that I completed in the end. And so the next journey begins.
Special thanks for the last owner of this chair, Amal ( : who and her family saved me when I was vulnerable and helpless.
Please feel free to check out other works from the class
來到芬蘭後的第一個衝擊替我帶來了更多可貴的生命經驗，這個作品中的椅子和梳妝台是在芬蘭這裡的鄰居送的，他們是一對年輕的夫婦，媽媽Amal剛好也是Aalto Environmental Art的學生，Amal幫助了我好多，永遠不會忘記那天晚上的溫暖晚餐以及親切的關懷，當我處在最脆弱無助的時候。這張椅子對我來說是一個很重要的徵象。承接著這個溫暖，我幸運的參與了這個在赫爾辛基裡騎腳踏車的課程，我們在綠地、公園或植物園中學習植物、自然和我們的關係。