Déjà Vu is an in-situ installation features a painted film sheet on LED light box and supplementary painted objects, portraying the artist’s past memories and childhood. First created in Shanghai Gallery of Art in 2013.
Medium: Chiffon fabric, flax sheets, sponge sheets, metal bucket, mp3 player, speaker, glass balls; Concrete and paint on wood; Acrylic on LED light box, 160 × 180 cm; Oil paintings on canvas messenger bag, cotton red scarf, used textbooks, pencil box, pencils, eraser, glass bottles, dry flowers, wooden desk table and chair.
Audience enters the installation space through a 7-meter passageway proportionally separated by 4 chiffon curtains. The interior wooden surface was painted with concrete and grey paint, while the floor was covered by flax topped sponge sheets—it feels soft when you step on. Decorated with glass bottle and flowers by the window frame, acrylic painted LED light box (the only light source), is located at the very far center of the space. Objects became more and more observable while audience crossing through each curtain.
In front of the light box, it stands an elementary school student’s desk table set, with stationery items and red scarf on top of the desk, glass balls and schoolbag inside the desk drawer, and textbooks falling out of the bag. Next to the table, there is a set of sound equipment hidden in a metal bucket, playing repeating water-drop sound.