Junyi Xie (She/Her)
My design practice focuses on space experiences, specifically intersecting art genre into everyday life topics that is discussing humans’mundane life. I use to observe our daily objects’ conditions and make them unfamiliar, strange forms as my design elements in projects. Hoping to intrigue audiences to pay attention to their everyday stuff, providing spaces as a platform for people explore the unique characteristics during interaction with their stuffs, which intended to rebuild human intimate relationship with their everyday objects. My strength lies in making artefacts, I am used to recording my observations in our daily life through sketches, and this habit has become a valuable source of inspiration for me to explore in different kinds of experiments.
La Madeleine Flower Market
In this final project at GSA, I inspired on a Franch flower market where is frequently appears in 19th century impressionist paintings, which strives me to seek a potential approach in redesigning the flower market by combining with impressionism characteristics, aiming to create an artistic atmosphere that reappears the frames of representative impressionism. As flowers are a significant theme that retains their beauty by artists’canvases whether in still-life or natural view paintings, I desired to seek possibility of condensing the time in space for freezing bloom to retain their beauty in eternity. Ultimately gathering the forms and elements from experiments process to physical models for achieving the goal of proposing a fresh experiment in flower market with combinations of impressionism.
HOST___A marvellous self-service trailer bar
This project is five tiny triangle trailers that constitute a train bar which contains multiple functions, holds a narrative of retelling an otherworldly life of the things in glass cup based on their motions’ moments through a making drinks process that presented on each trailer space in surrealism form. The site is located on Lancefield Quay, while as trailer’s movable feature, it can flexibly move to any other places. For defining ‘host’ in this project, I identified the ‘host’ in space and object two aspects, considering the host as container to hold our everyday life. The trailer space as host to provide areas for holding our daily activities such as a date, teatime, and rest. While for objects indoors, I intersect supernatural concept, considering they are alive, have soul, waiting for other interactions to give them a unique characteristic, define functions or form a metaphor as parasite in their body, which could be showed in their special appearance, and they become the owner host of this space.
The path of study begins with following Elizabeth Grosz’s perspective of the thing has its own life and characteristics by human interactions, the project is intended to rebuild our intimate relationship with everyday objects, as the less awareness of objects in our daily life can be intensified by observing the things in surrealism that make the familiar things marvellous, which rethinking on Daniel Miller’s ‘the humility of thing’ that it’s often we do not see things, and based on Ben Highmore pointed out ‘everyday is where the marvelous exists’, transforming daily moments in our everyday objects into surrealist space.