散華/ Scattered Flowers (2005)
Silk, Used-Kimono fabric, Sa
Printing i-kat, silk screen
Photo: Riichi YAMAGUCHI
Exhibition title: Poetic Moment
Installation at Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo, Japan)
The installation consists of several elements. The costumes underneath the organdie curtain and petals made from silk were placed surrounding the dress. On these petals, there are printed words from a Korean song in katakana, a phonetic Japanese script. The projector is set on the wall and shows weaving hand gestures continuously working on the loom. Three photographs on the wall show a model wearing the costume.
The artwork was created by weaving textile and making the dress which is woven from silk threads, using the Hogushigasuri (warp printing ikat) technique. The process of making Hogushigasuri ensures an aesthetic design created by the gap between the patterns and their background. The patterns represent the existence of migrants, like Zainichi Korean or people who have transcultural backgrounds, by using this aesthetic design which stands for beauty in the gap. The dress is proof of the existence of who is there.