Pillow Talk

“Clothes as memory, memory as paper, Paper as human, human as a book.” - the artist

Pillowtalk, 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk, 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk is a book that contains the moments and thoughts of my relationships as a homosexual male who grows up in traditional Chinese culture. There was no chance for me to express my thoughts of relationship but during the night. The longing and missing love have inspired me to create this work.

Pillowtalk (detail 1), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk (detail 1), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

This book is bound in chain stitch of handmade paper with found texts with individual sheets of papers records the unspoken words. This pink paper was handmade out of linear cotton fiber and filling cotton for the pillows, and I stamped an invisible “I love you” mark.

Pillowtalk (detail 2), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk (detail 2), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

The pillow is the listener of my desires of love and the witness of my relationships. The purple papers were made of my boyfriends’ clothes, and I stamped my ex-boyfriends' name in faded silver and have my current boyfriend’s name in bold gold.

Pillowtalk (detail 3), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk (detail 3), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

The cloth is second skin we have, it holds the memory that we remember and contains the moments that intrigue us. By making the clothes into papers, the memories have been stored in a book.

Pillowtalk (detail 4), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk (detail 4), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

I am a contemporary bookbinder who works with multimedia book arts. Reconstructing the fibers into a sheet of paper, reconstructing the container of the memories.

Pillowtalk (detail 5), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

Pillowtalk (detail 5), 2018, Book Art, 13 in x 9 in x 3 in, $500

To view more work by the artist, please visit zhefuwan.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zhefuwan, as well as Instagram @jacobzwan.


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