This is the first time I made some installations for people to experience. I worked with Yildiz Güventürk to create five intimate spaces with different motives. She named the five spaces as “wardrobe”, “underwater”, “nest”, “corner”, and “shell”. And I functioned as a lighting designer in our process to achieve the atmosphere we decided.
This is “wardrobe”.
We made this installation in one of the elevators in Sullivant Hall. I cut the glass paper with different colors and reconnect them together. I just used the lights in the elevator but put the glass paper under them to let the color and patterns reflect on the metal walls. The concept of collage is shown from the glass paper, because my purpose is to let people see different colors with different position they locate. It is a place where people can hide, can feel safe and be able to move the things as they want. Like a wardrobe, the space inside the wardrobe is not bright, but the space is warm, with our favorite clothes.
This is “shell”
We used a lot of brown paper and the Christmas lights with small shells inside. It provides a feeling of being in the shell as well as being besides the sea and surrounded by the shells and rocks. It is warm, safe but also broad with the sound of the ocean set in the space. This installation is the representation of fractal which can represent any safe space in different scales.
This is “underwater”.
I used the small led blue lights and paper with certain patterns to create a lot of small lamps hanging in the Barnett Theatre lobby. When the lights penetrate through the paper, it can create the shadow with the same patters. For me, I can feel the lights differently underwater, and the water creates shadows on my body through its own patterns. It is a place when people can calm down, close eyes and have some day dream.
This is “nest”.
We create a space in one mail box in our dance department office. It is our home, a small but warm place with our favorite chocolate. We use branches and leaves to build a nest. The light I used is one LED copper wire string light. It create some warm and soft light yellow lights. We want to use the small scales to represent the large scales.
This is “corner”.
I use the mirrors to change the path of the lights. What we see is all because of the lights reflected from the objects The mirror is to change the way lights travel and reveal things we cannot see. The corner is where we miss a lot but maybe there are plenty of great things hidden inside. It is also a safe space to think, to chill, and to read.
We recommend people to step into/get close to these spaces individually. It is a single journey and we hope to provide the safety.