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Biodegradable 241 Textile 96 Vegan 93 Chalk 3 Salt 5 Textile 4


Photos: Cheng Jen-Pei, Chen Yi-Wen, Ricardo Pereira

The Sea Rises and Totally Still

This work by designer Rain Wu was made of fabric, boiled seawater, salt and chalk, during her residency at Dalsbruk, Finland.

Maps, as cultural artefacts, consist of ever-shifting sediments deposited by human desire, imagination and expectation. Their deceptive air of stability rests, for the most part, on the specific language of map-making.

Positioning itself on the expanse of Finnish archipelagos, the project 'The Sea Rises and Totally Still' reflects on the idea that when the world is "fully codified and collated... a sense of loss arises." (Alistair Bonnett) and allows the precise representation – a trick of the trade – to dissolve and to reconcile with its surroundings.

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Boiled seawater, chalk, fabric, salt


Ministry of Culture Taiwan, with invitation by curator Erica Yu-Wen Huang. Residency support from Pico do Refugio, Azores, Portugal.