"Forget Me Not" (勿忘我)

Liu Dao

Everyone does it. We all leave behind little traces of ourselves wherever we go. It’s not crazy or narcissistic necessarily, just a basic human desire to be remembered. Some carve their initials into the trunks of creaking trees, others tuck a few pages of prose behind a loose brick, but I have a more practical method. I wander the alleyways of my beloved city searching for clotheslines with just the perfect amount of space left in between billowing shirts and creased slacks. I pin an article of my clothing, preferably one that has seen many hours of sweaty, robust living, right in the midst of a family’s cotton and polyester life. When a dutiful child or work-weary parent folds the sundried clothes in a wicker basket at the end of the day, my existence is there among them. I’m slowly integrated into their lives as my shirt becomes an unnoticed component of a wardrobe or my washcloth is hung over a freshly cleaned sink. Nobody knows that they are remembering me, but they are remembering still. 

ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, acrylic paintingpaper collageteakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2015
SIZE 103.5(W)×103.5(H)×5(D) cm


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Title: "Forget Me Not" (勿忘我)
Artist: Liu Dao
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