Onomatopoeia
Mixed-Media installation that consists of:
Part I, sculptures, dictionary, poem, video_00:21:27 in kitchen, sound
Part II, video_00:15:50 in the dining room, sound
Graduation show, Den Bosch, 2021

Blue brick wallpaper, beef bones, wood, clams, supermarket flyers, iron wires, clay, acrylic, carpets, bowls, plates, chopsticks, mirrors, photo printing, iPad, projector

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Onomatopoeia, exhibition view, 2021

Dictionary and a poem book

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Onomatopoeia, video_1, language tutorial part trailer
The tutorial consists of 4 parts: screaming, babbling, talk period, and borrowed words

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Onomatopoeia, video_2, trailer

Is all creativity an irrational voyage? I created an onomatopoeia world where I defined an ingredient as a word; therefore, the dish I cooked became a sentence. The sculpture I made is the written words that randomly pair up with one ingredient. The babbling voices of my niece become the pronunciation of this language. With this setting, I made a simple dictionary and language tutorial (in Part I); you can see how the logic in Onomatopoeia works, but all the idiosyncratic connections don’t make sense in reality.

In video two (Part II), I spoke by cooking the sculptures, which is the way of talking in the Onomatopoeia world. I harvested them, took them from the refrigerator, cut them, and cooked them. It is a reenactment of my living traces in the Netherlands. The background broadcasting is the interview of patients with schizophrenia. I was confused if they were talking about schizophrenia or the artists when they described the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Is art one of the forms that can contain people’s madness since they cannot find relief in their reality? “Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.” ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées.

*The dishes in this project from “I’ve never cooked before.”