Xiao Lu is what is known as a Behavior Artist. She designed her own home with crooked and straight features including the windows, doors and decorations in general. However, the balance between the crooked and straight decoration is unexpectedly comfortable.
Published：January 27,2016,3:32 pm
Language：Chinese & English
Keyword：Behavior Artist,Designer,Balance between Straight and Crooked,Lifestyle,China
People always say I am a Behavior Artist. But I just really like design. It’s personal for me.
In my designs, the sides are crooked and straight. However, you don\'t feel uncomfortable inside the room. You must find the balance so the crooked elements work reasonably. Actually the symbol of being crooked appears repeatedly in my design. I think my life in the past used to consist of many unbalanced and irrational things. Therefore, the symbol of being crooked is close to my heart.
After I turned 50, I thought things that are upright and those that aren’t, may be mutually connected. So I began designing crooked and straight parts together. For example, this door is crooked, but when you enter, you\'ll find the courtyard is straight. So whichever part of the space you enter, you\'ll find elements of both.
Take this bedroom for example. On the whole, it\'s crooked. But you need to make people comfortable inside, so you balance it with the color or furniture.
Black, white and gray are very important in my works. Maybe because I was born in Hangzhou, where there are buildings with black tiles and white walls, which exist in my subconscious. The interior design and the color on the outside is usually either black, white or grey.
I saw this camphor tree in my friend\'s place and I thought it had a powerful mental aura. It set the tone of this studio. I made some works hanging from the wall,
but they don\'t have as much powerful an aura as the camphor tree. So I made several others. Later I found that this blanket painting matched it the most.
The whole wall was just like this at the time. It\'s made of concrete with lots of rivets. When I welded the rivets off, this part was exposed which attracted me very much. I made an acrylic transparent picture for this wall, turning it into a new piece.
The idea behind this Y-shaped furniture actually shows my thoughts about the gender issue. It consists of two pieces of the same size and they are interdependent. The center symbolizes their love. In sexual relationships, if one is superior and the other inferior, the relationship will collapse. That\'s my understanding.
My life here is quite simple. Sometimes I appreciate the drawings and other works. If I am in the right mood, I draw.
After I built this home, I accept all my realities. I don\'t think a home must come in a certain form. When you accept yourself, you can live well in any form.