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The word “metamorphosis” derives from Greek μεταμόρφωσις, “transformation, transforming”,from μετα- (meta-), “change” and μορφή (morphe), “form”.
What we have here is an artist transforming an everyday object into a work of art. A first? Certainly it is not. Art lovers have encountered similar projects before. What is a first, to me at least, is that it took me a few minutes to figure out the basic material this avant-guarde like, sculptural dress is built of. It’s made of coffee filters. Yes, coffee filters! Lisa Park had me baffled with this artwork of hers. Is it high fashion? Is it a sculpture? Is it a performance gown? Is it a nymph on the verge of becoming a butterfly? I was close.
Metamorphosis II in Lisa’s own words:
”Inspired by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, I created an outfit by using coffee filters because of their resemblance of shell-like shapes. The main character of Metamorphosis, Gregor wakes up in the morning and discovers him transformed into a monstrous insect. Discriminated by his family, isolated from people and reality, Gregor loses his identity as a human.”
American-born and Korean-raised, Lisa Park is an artist who is currently based in New York. Throughout her artistic career, she has been interested in investigating emotional states in order to better understand herself and her subconscious. Her works were featured on The Creators Project, The New York Times’ Bits Blog, Time Out New York, New York Post, Wired, Daily News, PBS’ Off Book Series, and Intel’s Make it Wearable video, and many other publications. She was also a collaborator with the Marina Abramovic Institute, specifically helping with its digital platform, IMMATERIAL, in the past.