Woven crafts in my installations are a metaphor for the culture and society. The firmly tied threads represent the interrelated and cohesive structures of culture and society. I perceive myself as an individual thread among thousands of other threads that together have made the woven cultural craft. The repeated action of deconstructing and reconstructing the initial artifact is similar to my desire to explore the connections and intersections of my own sense of existence with other female identities in the same socio-cultural context.
“Unwoven” piece is a 5’x6’ found Persian carpet that I rescued it from going to dumpster a year ago. In this piece, I projected my intentions of unweaving and untying, and deconstructing and reconstructing. I eventually destroyed the vertical and horizontal threats that keep the carpet knots tied together. Then I hung it from the ceiling to make it look floating in space. Given my background as an immigrant, floating in space speaks to the idea of uncertainty to me.
These photos show this installation from different angles.