Invisible Box

September, 2020

Invisible Box is a collage-installation experiment that attempted to challenge four different emotional moments when people were inside an elevator.

People have to take the elevator sometimes. Do they feel embarrassed to greet others in the elevator? Or feel nervous in that small and cramped space? 

When I observe people inside that invisible box, I can simply identify their emotions fluctuating dramatically, and the situation changes from time to time. I tried to represent four different states with more abstract collages and installations, an experimental process that explored the subtle relationship between space and emotion.

The smelly man looks subtly at the well-made woman.

In this installation, red is used as the main color to render the disgusting smell, old newspapers, wood chips, and other garbage are filled with epoxy resin.


After the epoxy resin dry completely,I combined them into organic shape and let them spread along the whole corner of the space.

The color and space give the audience an unreal olfactory experience.


What do you think when you're alone in an elevator?


Does your mind change once you enter the elevator?

This narrow space gives me a few minutes of real-time, my mind blank, and the moment before I entered the elevator, I was awake.


How do people position their eyes in elevators?


Do they pretend to stare at their phone screen for no updates, or do they look straightly into others’ eye?

The thin wire is a metaphor for the uneasy, voyeuristic mood of the elevator.


A crowded elevator is suffocating as sometimes we unconsciously hold our breath.

This is the place where the greatest emotions are concentrated and suppressed.


Some people are angry, while others have no waves in their hearts. Such a collision of contradictory positive and negative emotions actually makes this invisible box produce a trace of balance virtually.


When making these devices, I mainly used 502 glue to bond different materials.


Unconsciously, the adhesive sticks to the inner wall of the acrylic box, which should be transparent originally, forming different textures into organic patterns. Interestingly, this change turned the ‘invisible box’ into the most ‘real box’.