Mixed media (wood, glass, fabric and water)
In the Summer Wind portrays the eudaimonic happiness of the moment, including two overlapping aspects of time, subjective time perceivable by individuals, and objective time/clock time.
The two aspects of time are both valid notions which seem like contradictions to each other. For subjective time, it is always now. In contrary, the moment now is a slice between past and present on the timeline of objective time measured by clocks and calendars.
For instance, the water drop at the edge of the table can be viewed as a drop on the perpetual brink of losing its cohesion to the pull of gravity and falling down in the time that is always now. Or it can also be seen as a bead of water taken from a slice of time, frozen and put on display.
Inspired by Anton Weber's Idyll for large orchestra, Im Sommerwind and the poem with the same name by Bruno Wille, the artwork embraces the air, which is the poetry's main character and is the music piece's medium which sound travel through. The air/wind is also a metaphor of happiness which is invisible in itself, but we can tell the presence of it by seeing from the movement of the thing it touches or it's context. Happiness moves us, making us smile, just as wind whooshes, giving movements to trees.
The objects situating as the context of the air and happiness are objects selected from the artist's memory during a summer break in her childhood, the moment that she first recognise the existence and passing of time, in the alternate temporal space in which time went distinctively.
There are also aspects in each object which refer itself to the existence of time. The thin leaf carved out from wood that looks as if it had been blown by the wind has annual rings inscribed in its grains. The leafless wooden twig in the vase may suggests the passing of season without changing of desk plant. And the curtain which flows effortlessly, displaying the light effects of constant contest between powers of wind and gravity.