custom-printed felttiles / found furniture and lamps / fresh coffee / cups and coffee scent / dimensions variable
Fuck it, I Love You. is a multi-skin-toned felt carpet installation that invites the viewer to slow down, wander and reflect. The
work presents an instance where context and disposition could drastically alter how a given subject—in this case skin tones—is
perceived and experienced. The walls and floor of the project room are completely covered with soft felt carpet squares in
different shades of skin tone, and on each square there are texts in hues similar to that of the background. While skin tones
as colors give off a calm and safe impression, in reality, they seem to have been measures by which people divide and separate
from one another, resulting in anxiety and alienation. Placing varying shades of skin tone side by side, on which texts in animated
fonts describe scenes from a wide range of unknown protagonists’ lives, Liu hopes to create a space for interconnectivity between
seemingly disparate sociocultural collectives. She believes while people may be different as individuals, the notion of ‘group
differences’ is merely a false and fabricated instrument. Selected from hundreds of narrative descriptions the artist wrote with
friends, each text sounds as if it were an excerpt from a much longer story—a figment in a person's life. Entering into this
comforting and inviting environment, where there are a few pieces of second-hand furniture and a lovely coffee aroma, the
viewer feels as if they had stumbled upon someone's home. Reading one description after another in the surrounding, the room
gradually comes to life, as if lit with countless little projections of mini-films, bringing before the viewer’s eye the 'lives of others.’
Fuck It, I Love You. constitutes a space where empathy and sentiments are evoked, where we take a moment to fathom a
universal connection across all boarders and divides.
2018 Isolated Above, Connected Down, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. New York, USA.
installation view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery ↓
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