Seomy Ahn

detail of artist's work

Through woven and knitted fiber structures, wood, architectural models, and installation, my work re-orients bodily circulation and defunctionalizes architectural system. Focusing on material-based exploration, I re-appropriate transitional spaces in the urban environment such as revolving doors and stairs. Act of infiltrating is explored conceptually and materially; I re-build revolving doors to activate the horizontal infiltration and stairs to resist the vertical occupation of space.

Painted cement infiltrates porous membrane of knitted yarn, creating fragile surfaces. Wood, instead of being a support structure, relies on fabric that stabilizes the structure. The structure that suggests the division of revolving door sits on the ground, and is only activated through motion of kicking. My sculptures await for an activator, resisting the verticality, subtly suggesting the ground-level-ness of bodies. Continuous path of a body in thresholds collapses time and space into mere imagery or residue of the process at last.

The collapsed architectural thresholds become non-functional beings, destroying the distinction of here and there, interior and exterior, downstairs and upstairs. My sculptures are distrust and resistance of the seemingly protective, permanent boundaries.

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