In the beginning of the painting project, I just applied the pigment on the surface of ready-made canvas or paper as usual. However, when I consider the relationship between my bodily movement and space, the typical way of painting cannot satisfy what I want to explore. In order to fully demonstrate the moving process of my arm through a form of painting, I decide to build the surface – canvas or paper, from two dimension to three dimension. After general measurement of my physical characteristics, the size of ‘canvas box’(fig11) can be attributed to the length of the hand and arm.
My intention for the capacity of space is to make the work fully demonstrate my bodily movement. For example, in the painting, the space is composed of four parts which means four directions. The size of each part is based on the length and the range of restricted movement of the half arm (between finger top and elbow) or the palm. Before the material is applied on the surface of the canvas or paper, the opening box has included the maximum capacity of partial bodily movement. In other words, it is a container of the furthest range that my arm or my palm could fully stretch. Therefore, the capacity of space in my work could be considered as a synthesis of my physical and also invisible bodily movement. In additional to a box, the space of movement may be also set in a form of ‘ㄩ’ (fig12). Different from four directions, the design of ‘ㄩ’ is only used to indicate the movement between left and right. In other words, the space of ‘ㄩ’ contains the maximum capacity of the arm sweep in horizontal or vertical movement.
Regarding the space for bodily movement, it reminds me about Karina Smigla – Bobinski’s interactive installation (fig13). In this work, she makes a balloon fitted with charcoal pencils. During the exhibition, the ‘drawing balloon’ is floating in a three dimensional space and is moved by visitors’ efforts. Visitors are allowed to push the balloon and make marks on the walls, ceiling, and floor through the charcoals on the rotating balloon.