Korean sculpture and installation artist Do Ho Suh recreated two of his previous homes to scale using a polyester organza-like fabric that resulted in eerie blueprint sculptures.
Entitled, ‘Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home’, the sculptures are on display at Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. As the title suggests one home is encased inside the other, with Suh’s first American apartment building holding his childhood home in Korea within it. Suh says:
Huge floor-to-ceiling windows incorporate views of a reconstructed ancient palace that once stood on the same site. As you approach the gallery space, my translucent piece is between the viewer and the longer view, so it becomes five homes-within-homes: my two homes inside; the museum; the palace; and then Seoul.
Other fabric sculptures of Suh’s are also being shown simultaneously elsewhere, in a gallery in Hong Kong. Both exhibitions question the notion of personal and transitional spaces as well as the ‘invisible memory’ that exists when we interact with everyday household objects, our homes included.
For the large scale installion, Suh had to use 3-D scanning to ensure the dimensions and sizing would be correct. As for Suh’s choice in fabric, which he works with often, in different colors, he claims there is no esoteric reason behind the choice, rather explains it is down to cost:
[I chose it] because it was cheap and readily available, and I didn’t want to give too much value to the fabric itself’.
See more images of the exhibition below: