Text and Photography: Sylvia Le Dung
While it’s not unprecedented to see clothes made out of paper (legendary Japanese designer Issey Miyake immediately comes to mind), Hong Kong based artist Movana Chen was probably the first one to make clothing out of shredded old magazines. The artist has been making her shredded magazine paper clothes since 2004:
“Since 2004, I have been making ‘magazine clothes,’ which are made of old magazines. My idea is to play with deconstructing and reconstructing the shredded magazine papers, so that a certain meaning and content is given to these ‘magazine clothes’”. – Movana Chen, excerpt taken from the artist’s website.
“KNITerature, The Art of Movana Chen”, a solo exhibition currently on display at Hong Kong’s ArtisTree gallery, showcases a variety of the artist’s creations. In addition to her clothes, large scale, hand knitted installations as well as videos are also on display.
Worth noting is the feature video, which shows footage of Chen wearing her handmade costume in various bustling Hong Kong locations. The costume was made to conceal the entire body–including the face. It was reminiscent of a sculpture vaguely resembling an armless human form. Standing motionlessly while drawing attention and curiosity from the passing crowds, the artist created a living art form where interactions between the audience and art (and the artist) happened in real time.
Also on display is a paper-shredding machine, presumably one used by the artist, as well as notebooks containing sketches and notes by Chen. Visitors will also see the artist knitting her paper creations in a video montage.
KNITerature, The Art of Movana Chen
When: Now Through Oct 19, 2013. Open Daily from 11am-7pm
Where: ArtisTree, Taikoo Place Cornwall House, 979 King’s Rd., Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China