CHUN-SHAN, SANDIE, YI
I make wearable art that addresses bodily and social experience, and social stigma.
Centered on histories and narratives generated within and performed by the body through everyday social interaction, my work aims to inspire dialogue between the wearers and the viewers of these objects.
My work focuses on body reconfiguration through mapping the memories of interpersonal, medical and surgical intervention. Altering the purpose of conventional prosthetics and orthotics, which aim to create more-or-less standardized body form and function, I blend prosthetics and jewelry to make a range of garments, accessories and footwear. Each wearable item is designed based on an individual’s medical experience, physical position and state of mind. Rather than reject the notion of physical alteration, I provide intimate and empathetic bodily adornment, not as a correctional physical aid, but as a tool for remapping and engaging with a new physical terrain, one embodied with personal standards of physical comfort and self-defined ideals of "perfection."
As a collection of wearable works, my work explores the impact of ethical and mediacl decisions made about the body; the boundary between ethics and aesthetics; the idea of the body in flux; and body ownership. The objects and their wearers call for a recognition of collective human experience and suggest the possibility for a new genre of wearable art, Disability Fashion.