Mumbai: A Laundry Field
The Korean artist Kimsooja (born 1957 in Taegu, currently living in New York) began to incorporated fabrics into her work during the early 1980’s, which are used as a part of private everyday life in her home country. Made of bright colours and decorated with symbolic embroideries, people use them traditionally as bedcovers, but also to wrap the bundle to carry personal belongings. Detached from the utilitarian context, the colourful fabrics develop aesthetics of their own and become a universal symbol of life itself. While the character of the object was in the foreground at first, the human body itself became the object in space and time in the installation "Sewing into Walking", in which the artist moved her body as a symbolic 'needle', connecting between the bedcovers. The series of videos "A Needle Woman" (1999-2001), and "A Needle Woman" (2005), were filmed in cities around the world, where the artist's body is the central figure, visually present as a fixed point in the flow of the passing crowds.