Los Angeles-based artist Pei-San Ng creates typographic artworks made out of thousands of giant matchsticks. Obviously, she used to design with modules, creating installations using hundreds of identical IKEA lamps or mason jars. These ended up matching pixels that formed icons or symbols.
She states: “In Chinese culture red is a very fortunate colour, matches summon danger. I think that by combining those two messages the audience is forced to take a second or third look. I want to invite the viewer to destroy my artwork. When you look at these pieces you realise that – if you light the matches then you change the work, it becomes a performance, and the artwork is potentially destroyed, there is a tension there, you get a moment of satisfaction and then you have nothing – I like that tease.”