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Conceived before the pandemic, Gently Savage by Yanyun Chen is a prophetic project inspired by the idea that 'gentleness is what turns traumatic intrusion into creation'
Not being able to participate in the 2020 edition of Asia Now, Intersections is delighted to present The thought visits you on Ocula, as a prelude to Gently Savage. This series encompasses 6 silk scarves with eyelash fringes. The handspan printed on the scarves expresses our longing for touching, holding, embracing, wrapping one's arms around the loved ones.
Where perhaps, all one can say
About a thought one has is:
She spoke to me
**I cough. **
I cover my mouth with my hands, breathless in this socially distanced world held at arms-length.
Masks are the sign of our times, sign of our friendship: I risk you not, nor me.
I wrap myself up for you.
For, one does not visit thoughts.
One goes there – where they are potentially, hopefully, housed;
To the places, spaces, which they possibly haunt.
And hope that the thought opens itself to you.
That the thought visits you
Reaching out to touch, to hold, to embrace; to wrap one’s arms around you. Softly, gently, tightly, intensely. To drape, to fold, to coil, to grasp, to clench. To strangle, then unravel. Knot. Creases crisping of tensions unresolved that cannot be ironed or steamed into softness again.