Thursday, June 16, 2011

wounded



It's not really as fleshy and creepy-looking as above. More like this here:




scar, wounded series, wax, string, paper & wire, 13 x 2.8 cm

I made it last week. It's a new addition to the spoon series i thought i was done with last November:



It feels like i have only touched on the surface of what i want to explore. There should be hundreds more.

9 comments:

daniel said...

wow tonguespoon - where does the mouth end and the spoon begin?

Marjojo said...

There should be loads more - I'm glad you're not done with them. It is amazing how each has its own, entirely distinct character. This one is beautiful AND makes me shiver, you've achieved such a fleshy, almost warm-to-the-touch alive look. Actually thinking about why it draws me close to look at it, wanting to nudge it with a finger-tip, feel its temperature, its bloodflow, AND makes me shrink back - it's that it looks flayed. Skinless, a Marsyas-spoon. It's your most raw, dangerous work, an open wound. And beautiful.

aw said...

isn't that strange? hundreds more? I knew it when u said u had a spoon collection, they're so individualistic, every vessel has it's own personality

Lori said...

I love this collection. I'm wondering, do you display them? They look so nice together.

© mien wong said...

hi Daniel! i really like what you wrote...tonguespooon...yes. thank you for broadening the idea of it!

Marjojo, i'm really glad for your reaction :). it gives me the shivers too even though in real life, it doesn't really look as raw as it does in the images :(.

thanks, A :). speaking of vessels, i'm excited to get a bowl from you!

hi Lori! funny you asked about display because that was something i was contemplating about. they are not currently on display but if they were, they would be hung facing the wall, with their backs to the viewer. ideally, the viewer would be encouraged to touch and pick one up to see the front of it. but i can't decide if i'm willing to risk damage/loss of them from frequent handling or let that interaction/possible damage be part of what they are about. another option would be on a glass wall so that you can see the front too.

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Hi Mien,indeed my first impression of the spoon was fleshy..after the third pic i really thought it was the back of a tongue!
It gives me the shivers too and also it is beautiful.But i think you're near of something special!If you see this spoon then a lot of questions raises,it gives the shivers, so i hope you'll deepen this one!This spoon makes a lot of loose!!Beautiful work!!
(I hope i could describe it well because sometimes it's difficult to translate my feelings in Englisch)

Marjojo said...

You're such a generous spirit, Mien, thinking about allowing people to touch your beautiful spoons. I want to touch and sniff but also shout NOOOO! as they look so fragile. About hanging them on the wall - how would you actually fix them to the wall? I urgently need to think about how to present my work in exhibitions, on wall, framed, suspended from ceiling, whatever, and find the practicalities daunting.

© mien wong said...

hi Ingrid! thank you for your feedback. not too sure what you mean by 'make a lot of loose' but i'm guessing something to the effect of opening up new ideas? you are so kind to even bother to translating your thoughts in english :).

Marjojo, i love the different ways you have hung your works. i think with these spoons, i would have small insect pins supporting them at the 'neck' to hold them to the walls. another option would be to have some kind of invisible thread around them to hook to small nails to the wall (the bowls of the spoons would be covering these nails). the problem with this is that it might not work to well for the spoons without a concave front.

Kalake said...

Yay for hundreds more! (Then displayed in galleries all over?) ^ _ ^