Color of Memory – Lin Jingjing


Posted on March 5th, by admin in Archive. 2 comments

Color of Memory – Lin Jingjing

In 2011, artist Lin Jingjing created the collaborative work Color of Memory, in which she asked several people to recount their most painful memories, describe them as objects and assign them a color. She then created paintings and readymade installations based on these recollections, pairing them with video of the participants’ responses. Below are some of the responses:

 

What is your most painful memory?
Fifteen years ago, I took my three year old daughter to go shopping at the mall. I spotted a pink one-piece dress that I had her try on. It fit her well, and looked really pretty on her. So I went to the register about ten meters away to pay for it. She was squirming around in front of the mirror, trying out various poses. She was only out of my sight for two minutes, and I figured that she was still in front of the mirror. But after I paid and came back, she was gone. She had vanished. I rushed through the mall looking for her. All of the mall employees helped me look for her, but I couldn’t find her.
For the first 5 or 6 years, I couldn’t believe it. I always fantasized that she would suddenly pop out from behind a corner, looking exactly as she did that day.

If that memory were an object, what would it be?
A small one piece dress with embroidered edges. It’s beautiful.

If that memory had a color, what would it be?
Pink, the color of that dress.

 

 

 

What is your most painful memory?
My father died in a car crash when I was six. My mother was a homemaker, and we had always lived off of my father’s income. At the time, I had a four year old sister and a two year old brother. My mother grabbed some luggage and took us to live at the house of my uncle, my father’s younger brother. But his wife kicked us out, and we had nowhere to go. My mother led the three of us as we wandered the streets. I saw a feather on the street, and I picked it up. When I did that, my mother ran up to me in a crazed frenzy, snatched the feather out of my hand and threw it on the ground. I cried. Years later, when I recalled this, I realized that it was a very painful memory. I will never forget my mother’s face that day, so full of despair.

If that memory were an object, what would it be?
A feather.

If that memory had a color, what would it be?
Yellow, an old, mournful, deep yellow.

 

 

What is your most painful memory?
My first boyfriend left me for another girl. It was very painful. I saw them sitting together in the park, and that girl was leaning in close to him. I felt like my heart had shattered. I returned to my dorm room alone, and stared at a bright light bulb deep into the night. When I finally closed my eyes, I thought I had gone blind. The next day, my vision had seriously deteriorated. The eye doctor said he had never seen anything like this in his 20 years of practice.

If that memory were an object, what would it be?
A light bulb.

If that memory had a color, what would it be?
Green, a yellowish-green shimmering with yellow sparks.

 

What is your most painful memory?
When I was twelve, I was sexually assaulted. I ran home to tell my mother. I remember she was ironing clothes at the time. I told her what happened, including some details I didn’t want to tell, what that man had told me, what he had done to me… He was an old friend of my parents. The whole time I was telling her this, she never stopped ironing clothes, and never looked up at me. At the end, she told me, coldly: sometimes children misunderstand the actions and words of adults. When it happened, I didn’t feel like I had been hurt, but many years later I finally realized that this was my most painful memory.

If that memory were an object, what would it be?
An iron

If that memory had a color, what would it be?
Grey, like the color of dust

 

Visit Lin Jingjing’s website for more information on the artist, including more works from this series.





2 Responses to “Color of Memory – Lin Jingjing”

  1. awesome piece, Jeff. Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Carol Walters says:

    Loved your website and The Color of Memory is sadly beautiful. Thanks, Jeff.

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