Ye He: The Painful Secret








Ye He
The Painful Secret
MFA Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition


The painful secret is an interactive installation in the shape of a cake roll, which transforms the gallery into a swirling interior space, and places the viewers in the shoes of someone who suffers from an eating disorder. Ye constructed an installation in the form of a giant “cake roll”. The cake roll is viewed as a temptation to the people suffering from eating disorders. On the other hand, it is regarded as a poison, a sin and a source of evil. The central area represents the deep heart of a person with eating disorders. The audience can walk through the spirals of the giant cake roll from the exterior to the interior; a spiral passageway demonstrates the hidden painful secret step by step. As the spectator approaches the center, the passageway becomes narrower and narrower, which strongly delivers the anxiety, perplexity and depression of a person with the symptom eating disorders. The interactions occur in the center of the swirl. The bendable acrylic mirrors are hanged on different positions of the black-colored foam wall with the sensor and motor installed behind. As the audience gets close to the mirrors, the movement is captured by the sensor which drives the motor to change the shape of the mirror such that the image of audience in the mirrors is distorted into concave or convex accordingly, which expresses the eating disorder person’s feelings of the body image. The movement of the audience will also trigger the fan hidden inside wall to blow out the wind with strong vanilla cupcake cream scent, which is to convey the extreme emotion of people with eating disorder to the food.


Ye He is a young digital artist and animator from China. She received her BA degree from Nanjing Arts Institute in 2010, with a major in 3D Animation. Since 2011, Ye has started to enhance herself to be versatile. Her work ranges from 3D animation, interactive art to graphic design and illustration. Currently, Ye is working towards her Master degree of Fine Arts (MFA) on Digital Arts, concentrated on interactive arts at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. As an interactive artist, she is very fascinated to learn programming skills and design interactive expertise. Her research interests focus on creating interactive installation with multiple medium and diverse forms.

Opening Reception: Monday, October 21,  5 – 8 PM
On View: October 21 – October 25, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday 10 AM – 5 PM

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