2016.11.5 Sat ─ 11.30 Wed
開幕茶會 Reception_10.5 Sun 15:00
"Melu" Lily’s Solo Exhibition
Lily specialises in fabric doll making. In her professional career as a doll designer, she often gets asked by the public if the dolls she makes can be considered as artworks, she nods her head confidently as every piece of doll she makes is an individual and irreplaceable “doll being.”
Lily called her creation Melu ever since she completed her first doll collection. Melu is Lily’s heroine under her needle and thread; like the memorable protagonists created by the English novelist Jane Austen for her novels; Melu is Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse or Frances O’Connor, the perfection of Lily’s heart’s desire. However, we should not interpret this perfection based on the jolly exterior without analysing Lily’s inner self as this perfection has transcended from a sequence of her own reflection and deconstruction such as an echo of her soul or an uttered silent explanation to the elusive outer world. Melu who always responds to life with a smile and asserts herself in her realistic attire thus contributes to a metaphor that may apply to our inner selves. “Whoever meets Melu will notice she always wears a smile on her face and that’s because I’ve already calmly finished running all errands of the day when I am about to sew so that you won’t notice a thread of tension or anxiety in Melu,” Lily told us in an interview. Indeed, Lily likes to listen to classical music on the radio in a comfortably arranged room when she sews so she can conjure the magic power to filter out the hustle and bustle of the city life with her needle and thread and what left behind is a contented and self-assured Melu to greet us and to keep us company.
This exhibition also provides a platform where the artist has come up with a series of monologues that may come from Melu, some of which are philosophical and some of which are irrational; some of the texts may become self-observing and others may conceal a twist in the tale. Aren’t they also our daily inner voices when we come to think of it?
Please come to join us and find your inner Melu in the show!
SPACE TWO Ryan