The memory of a tree: for dear my grandmom
The inspiration of this work is from my memory of holding my hands with my grandmother who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which leads the memories of the patient to emerge in seemingly random patterns. While holding hands, my grandmother kept sharing her disorganized subconscious thoughts, which provided a window through which to imagine her life despite its fragmented sequence. Sometimes, she became a middle school student and sometimes she said that it is the time to drop by the kindergarten to pick me up. She kept swimming in her memories that were not organized without noticing who I am or who she is. I grabbed her hands and listened her stories. This experience strongly influenced the initial concept instantiated in this prototype. The shadow of the tree is intended to represent the subconscious memory of the tree and through activating and watching the four different chapters of the story, the participants and spectators can imagine the life of the dead branch, the object that exists in physical reality.
People often say that old creatures also had their beautiful time before; old creatures are still beautiful as they are like that the dead branch is also beautiful as it is. Through this work, I want to say that all creatures blossom in the beauty of each moment including the moment which recalls the past.
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