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Melting paraffin wax cast

“Human Negative” is a paraffin wax cast installation that melts and eventually disappears during the exhibition. The casts are body parts that are either too inconspicuous to be considered portrayed or deliberately left out from conventional representation. Although the casts are taken from my body, they are not true to the proportion nor size of my body. They are intended to be indications of both my body and of anyone else’s body. Through presenting the melting process, the installation exposes how unwanted representations are gradually washed away in mass media and in our perception. 

I hope that this work will promote the audiences to consider how and who is being represented in the media, how the society reaches a consensus to exclude certain representations of the actual picture, and how human (or whatever species) 1000 years from now would describe, represent our images in their history.

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