Her

“Her” is a commensal system consists of a body shape container, java moss and a girl. The project simulates the appearance and progress of pregnancy, by placing a plant inside the belly shape container and providing the nutrients it needs from the host.

The appearance of this wearable system includes one big clear globe container, as the belly, and two relatively small clear hemispheres, as the breasts. They are all connected with tubes. Java moss was put inside of the belly with water to represent foetus growing inside of the mother’s uterus. One tube collects CO2 the mother produced to fuel photosynthesis while the other contains liquid nutrients. This system will be the best environment for the growing of the “baby” if the device is attached to a human, the “mother”.

The host and moss are interpreted as mother and her child, it represents the communication between human and nature. Instead of always asking from nature, the relationship is reversed. It encourages the audience to think about how we should treat the earth while the earth nurturing us selflessly.

Seeing the moss growing inside her belly also creates a sensitive and delicate feeling as mother and child. Due to it is designed to be a parasitic system, which means the mother would provide everything to the moss without any compensation. It symbolises the nobility of maternal love and makes the project contain the glory of being a mother.

On the contrary, the female characteristics are exaggerated and emphasised in the design, which questioned gender roles and societal expectations of women. Using moss as a child to creates the unusual experience and sense of ambiguous and awkwardness also criticises the opinion of defining the success of women by their fertility.

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