For Silent Floaters, Trevor Yeung considers indicators, elements that indirectly reveal the presence of other elements — like smoke manifests air currents, or the worm-like forms in the eye (‘floaters’) which only appear when one looks at the sky.
What if indicators could also make visible the state of a relationship or the unspoken ties between friends, like two subtly different shades of the same color?
At Jan Mot, Yeung uses the mulberry tree as a source of indicators. Its dried leaves expand or turn brittle depending on the atmosphere. Silk thread indicates the passage of silkworms that once fed on its leaves. The red stains on the ground are traces of its trampled fruit. Even the paper made from the tree can act as an indicator of the humidity in the air, which the visitor’s presence will affect, imperceptibly but inevitably.
Image: Trevor Yeung, Swinging Floater (Single), 2023 (detail) Mulberry paper, silk, wooden bird stand and metal (Photo: Trevor Yeung)