Hou, the feelings that surround objects or people, to wrap, to cover.
Like invisible wrappings, the Japanese way of living surrounds its people with unique attributes and practices. Abstract in existence, the subtle feelings of such qualities are easily and often lost in translation. The defining process reduces complex cultural processes into the limitations of English words and there is a loss of the how the cultural concepts feel when they occur in practice and are interacted with. Hou is an investigation into Japan’s social culture through a method of using Japanese material values to offer a new way of understanding that is less bound by language. It is an experimental exploration of materials – what might the physical manifestation of experiencing and interacting with these practices feel like?