False Colouring is an exhibition that consists of three looping video installations, and over a thousand hand-sized, hand-printed paper dresses that were hung with clothespins to a labyrinthine configuration of white string.
This installation was created as a means to externalize, reveal, and release personal narratives, as well as the physical relics – or souvenirs – that they were tied to. Through this exhibition I have given new life to the ephemeral memories of my past, and I have been given an opportunity to live more presently in my own life.
The present paper was written as an accompaniment to the False Colouring exhibition, an explanation for all the choices that I have made, and the inspiration that I have felt. I have studied the life and works of Matisse, and I have read many books, including The Comfort of Things and Stuff by Daniel Miller and On Longing by Susan Stewart.
Keywords: Souvenir, Materiality, Story, Memory, Precious, Paper, and Catharsis.