Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Hope Wang (Fall 2017)
Hope Wang (Fall 2017)
"waiting for the echo in my clenched jaw to deaden, whilst the rustling outside grows warmer and warmer"
Cotton and linen

My work explores how the dissonance of representation and its illusion gestures toward displacement in the same way bodies wander through and occupy space. Drawn to architectural scars as metaphors for negotiations of belonging, I use installation, painting, and weaving to create simulations of photographed facades I encounter.

I’m interested in shifting visualization and spatial associations, where my work establishes tension between the ubiquity and specificity of architectural surfaces. By installing painted reproductions of space in the site my work references, both the painting and the painted rely on the other to be understood. I also process image as material object by combining and fracturing images of architecture through weaving. The loom becomes an apparatus for confounding image with surface and structure of woven cloth, producing simulacra of the photographed space. Yet it fails in completely selling such illusions.

Through the destabilization of surface and its assumed material conditions, my work questions familiarity as sincerity or as artifice. In mediating site and sight, the act of representing my surrounding spaces and signifiers engages a sense of place but also calls into question the sites of the everyday.

I am both the skeptic and the nostalgic body, one longing for intimacy and perhaps only finding it in the liminal spaces that belong to nothing in particular.