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Lala, 2016
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Lala is a series of wallpaper patterns in assorted colour swatches. The dancing character featured in the pattern was referenced from sources including hand embroidered Chinese fabrics and a collection of Hermes ties which feature whimsical depictions of various cultures. This particular design of the dancing character has been reconfigured into a woman. Using repetition as a form of affirmation, the character is paired with the word 拉, (pronounced: lā) meaning lesbian or queer women in Chinese slang when the character is doubled. Combining imagery, text and design in the form of a wallpaper motif, Lala reclaims the appropriated design. When used to decorate a space, the repeated “la la la” and suggested “I can’t hear you” fills the room with a cheeky and declarative mantra.