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Lifesize Sewn Fabric Sculptures by Do Ho Suh

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures inside lifesize blue house

Do Ho Suh creates sculptures of home appliances and architecture completely out of sewn polyester. He makes blueprints of the pieces before meticulously assembling each one. They are impressively detailed, as in the traditional Korean archway which features embroidered dragons (pictured below). Each installation is like a phantom of the building or appliance it represents, asking the viewer to consider their relationship to their constructed environment. The work also calls into question the function of the item, as one imagines sitting on a polyester toilet, presumably without much success.

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures archway

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures archway detail

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures stairs

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures interior of a house

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures bathroom

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures refrigerator

do ho suh sewn fabric sculptures three appliances

Image 1 © Do Ho Suh
Image 2 © Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Image 3 © Sarah Shaw
Image 4 © Kimchi Soul Blog
Image 5 © Do Ho Suh and Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Image 6 © Chase Daniel Photography
Image 7,8 © Taegsu Jeon