What is paradise? There are three interpretations to this in Oxford English Dictionary: 1. (In some religions) heaven as the place wher the good live after death. 2. The Garden of Eden. 3. An ideal or idyllic place or state. Personally, I see paradise exists in our mental space, it is when a person letting go of all things, being free and living in a calm state of mind.
In ‘Nice to Meet You’, I wanted to experiment a drawing and installation through the interaction between audiences tracing each other’s shadows. It sets up in a room with a single light bulb hanging down from the middle of the ceiling. The shadows of the audiences were cast on the wall as they entered the room, to allow them to interact and trace the shadows of the people next to them with the brushes and paint provided.
In drawing, when we make marks we situate ourselves within a drawing in relation to what we see. Hence in ‘Nice to Meet You’, when the audiences trace a human shadow they situate themselves in relation to the person they were tracing that constitute what is present to us as we are – a web of transient and fluxional interrelationship. Paradise may be found in a web of interconnection that is made up of calm, peaceful and friendly individual.
A scene in the room where audiences left their marks