What would your life look like if you died today? What is in your purse at this very instant? How would you summarize your life? I’ve come across these questions and attempts at answering them so many different times in magazine articles, blogs, even songs and poems. Sometimes the answer is flip, sometimes moving and sometimes it comes in the form of a work of art.
When I first saw this photo, part of the series my friend recently sent me, I thought it was for a science exhibit–the circles reminded me of cut and polished rock slices, perhaps geodes. In fact, the circles are something completely human in nature and make up a work of art entitled “One Sentence” by Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen. Xiuzhen’s art has been featured at the MoMA in NYC, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at the Yokohama Art Museum where this photo was taken.
Each circle is made up of an individual person’s complete outfit! Everything they were wearing from their underwear and socks to their jackets and scarves has been reduced to thread and wound into a circle. I like how the disks are presented in a spiral formation-an echo recalling how each individual circle is actually a round spiral of clothing. “One Sentence” is part of the 2011 Yokohama Triennale entitled “OUR MAGIC HOUR: How Much of the World Can We Know?” Spirals with their link to time and infinity seem perfectly in tune with the museum’s overall exhibit theme.
Since I started this post with a question, I want to end it with one too–if Yin Xiuzhen asked you to participate in her spiral, what would your clothing circle look like today?
Note: I received a great photo of the Naked Cowboy from another friend today. He’s a NYC fixture who sings in his underwear every day for the crowds. I can’t help but think of how small his circle would be compared to all the others pictured above! A pair of underwear, a cowboy hat, socks and boots (although I’m not sure if she included footwear in the circles)!