This Saturday I went to Lehman Maupin Gallery to see Do Ho Suh’s Home Within Home a delightful show that combined two of my childhood passions, art and overly decorated dollhouses. Entering adolescence, my love of dollhouses faded as my commitment to art blossomed. If you knew me before middle school, you are aware of my extremely large, messy, interior decorated dollhouse where I spent countless afternoons parading my Barbie collection. That is why I was pleasantly amused by Do Ho Suh’s exhibition and especially the sculpture Fallen Star.
The highly detailed house is split in half, displaying impressive amounts of craftsmanship. The bifurcated home shows humorous details, like a cut turkey in an oven and a sullen teenage boy’s lair. What is quaint about the home is that the interior mimics real furniture from the Ikea catalog.
The interior of the home is destroyed in certain areas, because of the surprising detail that the viewer finds when circling the sculpture. In the back of the home is a traditional Korean house smashed into the back. A parachute extends out of the back of the Korean home. This sculpture recalls obvious metaphors of cultural identity and struggle to sustain a Korean American identity. While these over arching themes are not new to Do Ho Suh’s work, the large-scale representation is an impressive step forward in craftsmanship for his body of work.
Do Ho Suh standing in front of Fallen Star
Home Within Home at the Lehman Maupin Gallery closed Saturday.