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Writing about the media is one way to examine the relationship between clothes and it. Another way? Wear clothing made from it. "Since 2004, I have been making "magazine clothes" which are made of old magazines," explains artist Movana Chen who shreds old magazines and then knits them into garments. "My idea is to play with deconstructing and reconstructing the shredded magazine papers, so that a certain meaning and content is given to these 'magazine clothes'." By creating "wearable art" for walking sculptures known as bodies, she dissects the way clothes and the media are related, shedding insight into our consumption of disposable commodities.
"The reconstructed paper pieces represent wishes, and are transformed into meanings about daily life. Even though the viewers might not understand those words printed on the shredded papers, the action they take in viewing implies communication, which then breaks the limitation of verbal language exchange. Through the knitting of these multi-languages hidden with the magazine papers, we learn about communication. It creates an alternative way of reading and exploring art as a dialogue between visual language and the viewers. I beliver it is also a new approach to appreciate different cultures. My attempt is to explore the various methods to "wear" one's identity, to experiment and play with it, to create new opportunities for different cultures and identities and to begin the communication between one another."
For her ongoing “Travelling into your Bookshelf” project, she creates knitted dialogues around memories of books that have been donated to her by people from all over the world. "By exploring different cultures and the notion of chance through my knitting process, I attempt to establish relationships with the people I meet and to learn about their cultures by exploring their memories and maintaining a two-way communication. Through my knitting process with the participants, I hope to create a new way of reading that will let the viewers re-examine what human communication can be in a digitized society." (via)
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