THE WOUND OF BEAUTY, 2016
A VARIETY OF THREADS, ORGANZA, CHIFFON
That beauty is overlooked, prompted me to reflect on my past projects. Had I treated beauty as a mere aesthetic product of the process of creating? That beauty wounds us, prompted me to reflect on my past encounters with it. As I stood atop Poon Hill, overlooking the Annapurna mountain region in Nepal some years ago, as much as I had marvelled at the scenic view, did I also not feel an ache in my heart? The oversight of beauty and its pains inspired me to explore it and the work is a diary of my pursuit of Beauty.
As the perfect piece of material is ripped, its beauty seemed to be revealed. As the torn piece of material is mended, it is once again made beautiful. Beauty is observed in the pain. Beauty is observed in the healing. It is my hope that as the audience views this work, they may be able to reflect on their personal pain and healing, and find comfort in beauty. I hope the beauty they experience will give meaning to their pain and healing.
Works by Questal Tay. All images copyright ©2019 Questal Tay