Rotten Flower was a project questioning the standards of making sculpture in Thailand’s art universities. Teachers encouraged their students to creates art with particular materials and techniques, which were based on the classical western art such as wood, stone, metal, or clay. Art should be visually beautiful, showing hard working processes of craftsmanship. It also should be solid and have a long life span.
I built a triangular pagoda sculpture from bamboo and strings. Over a 2 month period, I hung teak leaves picked from the trees of the installation site daily. This action regularly transformed the sculpture, thus showing the simple process of hard work. The sculpture looked solid, but also fragile as the leaves move with the breeze. The work also became a shelter for students to relax and hang out during hot afternoons. The sculpture stayed there until New Year’s Eve when we had party around it and burnt it at midnight.
Dimension: 12 x 12 x 6 m
Materials: teak leaves, bamboo, string, wire, water, soil
Venue: Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand