December (2013)


Video: 4:3, XGA video. Duration 4:50 minutes
Sculptures: Straw, sumi ink, thread, 18 parts 45 x 25 x 15 cm
HIAP Studio, Helsinki, Finland

December is moving image video and a series of sculptures inspired by the Himmeli,
a Finnish Christmas decoration made from straw. Derived from himmel meaning sky,
the Himmeli was a traditional agrarian mobile hung in the home above the dining tables
as an auspicious motif for abundant crops in the coming year.

The sculptures created by a cluster of threaded straws stained with sumi ink represent
a material calligraphic line that oscillates between a two dimensional and
three-dimensional form.

© Mimi Tong 2023