2012 空房間裡的故事 The Stories of Empty House

After the degree show at the Slade School of Fine Art o July 2011, I received the Boise Travel Grant to travel in Northern Europe. I found some old worker's house in Finland. I thought it was interesting and presented an idea that could be brought into myy practice.

 

In worker's houses at Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, each house has its own story, it is based on the ordinary life of the people. When I read the description of each rooms, I felt as if I were taken back to 1920, with all the objects frozen in space and time, abandoned by people. I strongly felt the sense of absense in these empty house. In my previous series " Views from a Drawer to a Room", I was interested in the strangeness of seeing the familiar objects set in the unfamiliar surroundings. It was about the memory and the relationsip between people and their living space. In "The Stories of Empty House", I took some images of the objects of furniture as a main theme in this series. All the objects and tools are used by some unknown people who lived here; their lives in the past seem so real in front of me. It is bizarre, disconcerting, and haunting. I feel the objects still retain their souls.