'Follie-And Yet We Still Go on' is a textile representation of the follies, and ruins around our daily lives. Imitating the form of a rug, the work questions the functionality and ethics of commercial interior textiles.
Traditionally, Follies are fake ruins in the European landscape gardens, especially in the 18c.
Often they have a shape of Roman temples, Medieval towers, historic abbeys. Folly is a shy storyteller. It is a shallow mimic of real ruins, and the function is no more than decorative. However the follies also reminds us of imperfection and mortality of human being by its deformed shapes.
I wanted to redefine Follies, by finding the ruins from my daily life.
The small ruins such as cracks on the pedestrian blocks, tiny hole on the building surface, molds on the ceiling, scratch on the door, are more of a ‘domestic’ ruins because it does not convince people in its value to be preserved.
The continuous build-up, imprint, accumulation of experiences and personal history that is evident as a living creature, they all are happening in a ‘domestic scale’ in our lives, often neglected.
Translating domestic ruins in the language of textiles, especially in the form of ‘interior textile’, is ironic in many ways.
Mostly because the physical characteristic of domestic ruins is avoided in commercial interior design territories. I felt strong guilt that I was even fascinated by those dirty parts of the city life, as that I knew that I would never want the ‘original domestic ruins’ to become part of my house.
The recent interior design trend with the exposed bare concrete wall or using abandoned buildings with minimal restoration can be the extension of this guiltless use of domestic ruins, because of its transformation from ‘life’ to ‘style’.
That is why I name my work as ‘Follies’, the shallow mimic of the real ruins.
I got in touch with the person who had a large number of yarns from the weaving factory in Korea that was bankrupt. Those 'abandoned' yarns were tufted into a deformed carpet, constantly questioning what is ruin, and what is brand-new.