Welcome to the Dior Talks series themed around the 5th edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, ten artists and collectives from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
Today’s guest, the Chinese artist Song Dong, is known for works that reflect on memories that are intrinsic to everyday objects, and the emotions we project on them. One example is windows, the main theme of his Lady Dior bags, a reference to a monumental structure made from old, discarded windows collected in the streets of Beijing that also reveals “reclaimed value.”
The large version of the Window Bag features a colorful grid of miniature windows that act as both a window into the soul and onto the world, with shiny mirrors creating a kaleidoscopic effect. The artist’s idea is that its owner may see herself and the world reflected in it, a means of self-discovery and of reinforcing the bag’s function as a portable piece of art. In addition to the world it holds within, the bag offers an interaction with the outside world, changing according to the light, shadows, places and faces.
Listen to this episode to find out more about the fascinating universe of an artist for whom “art is life, and life is art.”
Discover Song Dong’s creations :https://youtu.be/i-2FEcVwarc