Reflection of Tulips
A Reflection on Closure of Mind
The Reflection of Tulips explores the tension between mind and exterior life, peace and chaos, freedom and constraint, more and less. The visuals are centered around Tulips, a poem by Sylvia Plath, which metaphorically depicts Plath’s disturbed mind when hospitalized. Longing for peace amidst the chaotic surroundings and her troubled life, Plath isolated herself from all the “loud” stimuli but was nevertheless more troubled by the isolation and her own thoughts.
The project demonstrates the isolation of one’s perception and mind by creating a generative space that transforms from an open surface to an enclosed one. In the middle of the space are placed symbols that are extracted from the poem to represent the thoughts in mind. As the plane enfolds, the surface is divided into pieces of mirror, all reflecting the very images of the central objects, and blocking away the surroundings. Observed from a POC view, the contrast between the inner and outer spaces depicts the conflicting psychological condition of someone who seeks the “less” but is trapped by the “more”, and reflects a blurred boundary between self-salvation and self-confinement.