IN MEMORY OF EGON SCHIELE
(please visit installation, sculpture part to see the work itself)
The video explores a variety of body gestures, body language as well as body composition to show the power of female bodies from Schiele’s paintings. The process of muses posing with stockings (one of the most representable objects in his paintings) and the struggles of trying to get rid of the limitations set by the society about art in the late 20th century are shown throughout the clips.
By looking at Schiele’s works, I was strongly inspired by his way of painting or drawing human figures. The lines are reinforced with different colors and strokes, the figures’ compositions are rearranged to show eccentricity. Overall, Schiele’s figurative paintings are not pornographic, but extremely interesting and fun to look at. Schiele inspired me through his art, although he is so far away from me in terms of the time period, his energy towards art is well received by me. By looking at distorted body gestures in his paintings, I felt more motivated while performing in the video. The photoshop rendering of this memorial is located on the High Line in New York City, which is where the railroad was. Schiele’s father was a railroad station designer, however, he turned his focus to pursuing art instead of engineering. Viewing the memorial and the landscape of New York City could bring the audience an extraordinary experience and a reminder of Schiele’s landscape paintings.
Throughout the process of making this memorial, I looked into a wide collection of his works, a movie about him, pictures of prostitutes in the 1890s, specific gestures shown in his works and analyzed his lines or color palettes to recreate a pattern that shows my understanding of his art. I began constructing this memorial by sewing patterns into the biggest fabric, which is one of the most time-consuming parts. Without the help of a sewing machine, I sewed everything by hand. I also constructed the wire cage out of imagination after I failed from my original plan of making a rectangular cage. I also had to think about how to film my performance, however, I just did a lot of body movements out of imagination in the end.
Making this memorial for Egon Schiele means a lot to me, not just how I had the opportunity to look through his works closely, look into his life experience and even create a performance dedicated to the feelings and ideas I received from interacting with him.