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Teh Tarik Man

This piece was commissioned for display at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2015.

I used 20,000 teabags to illustrate a man preparing teh tarik in the background to create a piece that reflected an everyday scene in Malaysia. The piece was 3.2×2.2meters, and weighed 200kg. The teabags were stained into various shades of brown by steeping the bags in hot water – the lesser and hotter the water, the more they were stained. The brown tones and the smell of tea evoked a sense of nostalgia that made me long to be back home in Malaysia. All these bags were stapled and attached onto tiles of wiremesh, then hung off a wooden frame. I spent about two months planning, sourcing, creating and filming this piece.

 

This piece was commissioned for display at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2015.

I used 20,000 teabags to illustrate a man preparing teh tarik in the background to create a piece that reflected an everyday scene in Malaysia. The piece was 3.2×2.2meters, and weighed 200kg. The teabags were stained into various shades of brown by steeping the bags in hot water – the lesser and hotter the water, the more they were stained. The brown tones and the smell of tea evoked a sense of nostalgia that made me long to be back home in Malaysia. All these bags were stapled and attached onto tiles of wiremesh, then hung off a wooden frame. I spent about two months planning, sourcing, creating and filming this piece.

 

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