The assignment consisted of designing a chair that was inspired by an art movement and a personal narrative. My given art movement was Psychedelia.
For my chair, I examined my struggle with identity from forces of adversity. I was also influenced by the psychedelic concept of "ego-death," or the loss of subjective self-identity. I used constriction as a metaphor for feeling trapped and the release of that constriction as a metaphor for liberation. As the form transitions, the color of the chair transitions, symbolizing an evolution of self.
I felt stuck for much of my 20s; trapped in undesirable situations by society, my own culture, and myself. This chair is representative of finding a way out of those constrictions and transitioning into an open form of new possibilities. The transparent material, a single plane of ombre glass, expemplifies the immateriality: how we are shaped from our past despite of the hardships. The chair escapes from a dark and constricted state into a lighter and open form, signifying the journey from feeling captive to letting go.