My symbol of thoughts

Wan Sin Ying


240cm x 240cm

Written language is more than the visualization of the spoken. As the symbol for presenting thoughts, writing in traditional Chinese characters, my native written language, reflects my local culture and identity. In my project, I attempted to remove my own embedded identity in written language and replace it with something new. The shapes of simplified characters can be seen as easier to write. I tried to reject my inherent memory of traditional Chinese characters, and control myself to write in simplified Chinese. I used the surfaces of glued and whitened traditional Chinese books trying to hide the traditional. During the writing process, the conversion of script affected the expression ability and fluency. And the ‘mistakes’ and pauses revealed my mental hesitation and physical unfamiliarity with the implied and my embedded need to keep writing in the traditional form.



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