“When are you coming back?” asked grandma in a voice message at Chinese New Year 2022.
“I don’t know,” I said. All I know is that her voice hit me right in my heart. I feel emotional. I feel homesick.
It is incredible how much emotional value human voices can carry. The force of a voice can easily “break” the most rigid shapes.
Voices perfectly represent human complexity, which is the core of my study.
For my degree exhibition, I designed the method The Warping Voices. It is a way of using human voices to warp a 3-dimensional shape into a more complex and fluid new form. I want to add a layer of human complexity to my furniture design. This is my statement in opposition to the dominant design language of Minimalism, which tends to “erase” all messiness and complexity. For me, emotional and complex are what humans truly are.