I integrated the floorplan of my childhood home with my memories living in that apartment to compose the artwork, To Retrieve, depicting not only the movable structures (i.e. doors and windows) but also referencing the activities and feelings I experienced in different areas of the apartment. I first drew the floorplan on paper by hand, and then I digitally rendered the shapes that were laser engraved to a piece of grey Plexiglas. The shapes are colour-coded; some are quadrilateral while others are loose and rounded. They symbolize the retrospection of my interaction with family and the architectural space. More exactly, the purple shapes in organic gestures represent my joyous playtime as a child, while rectangles and curvy shapes in red portray my bitter memories with family members. The dark blue hard-edged shapes indicate the physical structures of my experiences, studying and using digital technologies. Windows are depicted in two colours based on their positions—the ones that link outdoors and indoors are in pale blue, while the ones that connect one room to another are in yellow-green.

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Professional Installation Recommended
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since 2020
Brubey Hu
Waterloo, Ontario
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To Retrieve
  • 2D Works
  • Acrylic on plexiglas, ink on paper
  • 24" x 24"


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