After the long journey, my senior project Inside Out finally ended. It was first shown on the 21st of January in the senior building of Ross School. Although the process took the longest, the actual exhibition was over in such a short time.
Room <Age 6> was the most popular among the visitors, due to its cozy atmosphere and diverse decorations. While looking around, people were asked to recreate their own childhood by using the props inside, then take a photo with the provided camera.
Room <Age 14> sometimes made my audience hesitate to enter, since it was the darkest, coldest and also the only space with a sound track (a history lecture in Korean). After going in with the provided flashlight, people were asked to feel the provided atmosphere (sound, lighting, temperature…), then rearrange the letters attached on the walls to figure out the theme of the room.
Since each rooms allowed only one person to enter (when it got to crowded, maximum 3 people), there was a long line in front of my installation throughout the entire exhibition. Nevertheless, the visitors could write down their own fortune for room <Age 17> while waiting. After entering that room, they were asked to grab a silver fortune hanging on the wire, then replace it with their own fortune.
During the exhibition, I had to stay in front of my project for the whole time, repeating the same explanation to my guests. Though I always have been the type of person who cannot stand still without eating or having a short break for more than an hour, the three hours of the night felt to be the shortest. I could not believe that more that half of my project was over, but was also excited to know how people actually enjoyed it. January 21st of 2016, the exhibition night. If I ever gain another opportunity to work on a similar project, now I have new room to add on.
Now that I have the base coat for my night sky of the room <Age 17>, I began adding up the purple on the walls. To blend it out easier, I mixed the paint with some water.
Then, I picked up a rag, dipped it into the paint and played around with it.
Since the main purpose was to blend the purple with black, I used the rag as a stamp than as a paint brush.
After waiting the purple to dry, I poured a cup of white paint into an empty spray bottle, shook it until the paint and water mixed up nicely and began spraying the white all over the walls.
To cover up the parts that seemed too bright, I added some black into another bottle and sprayed on the white once again. And you know what? This step was the one that I enjoyed the most <3 <3
In order to portray the feeling of coziness, one of the most important thing to prepare was the light. To make the room <Age 6> bright enough, I bought 6 battery operated lights, and hung them on the walls. But since I had to work on the top of a ladder AGAIN and find the exact spot for the screws (so the holes behind the light can get hanged on), the process was not easy.
Also, I had a hard time drilling with my waist twisted in weird angles. In fact, I sometimes dropped several screws while drilling, because I could not give enough pressure on the drill. Since I have been painting than drilling recently, it took a while to remind myself how to use the tool well.
Nevertheless, the room did look much cozier with the lights on, which really gave me the motivation to work. It began looking like an actual “room”, where people relax, sleep and enjoy their free time.
Most of all, I don’t have to work in the dark anymore
After waiting for roughly three months and a half, my installation finally got a decent roof. Though it is a plastic tarp, not an actual roof, it is still nice enough to protect the rooms from threats (for example, rain…). Since putting a tarp on an 8 feet tall installation was not an easy task, my fellow classmate Cole helped me A LOT to finish the work.
Not only he was a skilled woodworker, but also a smarty to create and use his own tool. Cole pulled the tarp tight by using a string, then tied up the string to three screws that he had predrilled.
Now I am surely done with the “building” part!! OH YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!!
P.S. To check the stability of an installation, ask a tall/ big person to step on it. You’ll get surprised.
Finally, I reached the point of painting the last room. Different from the previous ones,there was no need to mix up colors, which made my life much easier.
After painting six 6(ft) x 8(ft) walls, I became an expert of painting (the word “expert” might sound a little too much, but you know what I mean 😉 ). Also, painting during the daytime was much easier than painting after the sunset.
And of course, I should never forget painting the corners.
Before adding some purple and white to create a night sky, I had to let the base color (black) dry first. Meanwhile, I began decorating the second room <Age 14>. For that, I brought my old notes and essays from home, which were all written during my short middle school year in Korea (by the way, my history notes almost freaked me out, since they were too nicely organized)
The last task of the day was to cover up the walls of room <Age 14> with my old memories. I ripped out every single pages of the notebooks and attached them on the walls, bringing myself back to 2010 and 2011.
Painting was a process that requires the most preparation and labor. I had to make sure that the building and the floor are well covered, then start mixing the paints. I decided to start with the room <Age 6>, so mixed up some yellow and white together.
After getting the color that I wanted, I dipped my roller into the paint, and began painting the walls. Painting was actually fun for first 30minutes, but the weather was too cold (remember, my structure doesn’t have a roof yet) and the walls were too wide. Though my original plan was to finish painting two of the rooms before the flight back home, I failed to achieve. To make the matters worse, a friend who was supposed to help me decided not to show up, so I had to do all the works on my own. Obviously, painting 6 gigantic walls was too much for me.
Nevertheless, I at least (almost) finished painting the first room. Although my hands and my coat got messy
Painting? It’s NEVER EASY