Cage Mentality: Video and Installation
This series, Cage Mentality was made after the experimental short video series, Hiding and Observing. The phrase "Cage Mentality" was used in a famous experimental literature Spring Riding in a Carriage by Riichi Yokomitsu in 1926. In this nobel, the phrase of Cage Mentality is used as a metaphar of a mentaly captured being in a certain condition.
The video work, Cage Mentality, utelized yarn as a form of capturing structure, and simultaneously, worked as a system pf self eracing. Starting from making horizontal lines by black yarms, I continually created a space, which was slightly smaller than my body movement. In this unconfortable situation that my body constantly touched lines, I have to force my arms to strech more than necessary to continue to create a cage-like space. After making horizontal lines, I made vertical lines using the horizonlal ones. Sometimes lines were woven, knotted, and crossed each other until my body was covered up by the strings in order to be obsecured and reduced giving information from my body. After the action I intentionally and unintentionally created, I found myself the lure of isolation and its pain. hiding behind of cover up space gave me a strong sense of security because the temporary time and space which created by strings and mu action, that allowed me to remove from real world while existing present society.
I am also fascinated in the remaining objects from the Cage Mentality. It seems like implied multiple senses, includes the sense of removal and isolation. I am interested in my own attraction to feelings of loneliness and isolation and sees both as a way of embracing the condition of being an individual within society. My art practice is a way of healing myself while simultaneously turning a critical eye on my own romanticization of autonomy.