Design Wei-Chia Teng
Year December 2017
Photography Yang Wei
Background & Aims
Homosexuality is not a disorder that can be healed through medical resources, or a mental illness that can be cured with psychological treatment. Even though, today, same-sex marriage is legally permitted in quite a few countries. Coming out to parents is still a difficult journey, especially under the oppression of family expectation and the fear of disallowance. Unspeakable love, offers support for those who want to come out to their parents. With a progressive encouragement and its poem-like manner, Unspeakable love fosters a different way of communication with parents, which strongly helps parents to build an understanding of the inner feelings of their children.
Unspeakable love, a series of books represents — Identity, sexuality and love.
“Struggled love, struggled me.”
It mainly conveys the idea of status, by using the twisted hand cream to speak out about the oppressive identities of same-sex groups. The poem is spoken in a first person’s point of view. To open the book, a handwritten word–––“struggled,” is repeated constantly as the struggled line.
“Multiple love, stubborn me.”
The theme is sexuality, using the images of strawberry flavour’s Pocky to imply male and female. Compared to the first book, the second one is more playful and willful.
“Relieved love, irreversible me.”
In the last book, the theme directly relates back to same-sex love, by personifying a running tap, which means unchangeable and irreversible. Additionally, it also implies the permanent love from parents.
Coming out involves personal experiences, so I use the method of pencil drawings in order to express the personality and emotion with the strength of strokes.
The different length between three books
“Coming out is a long and arduous journey.” In order to present this idea, I designed three different lengths for each book, from the shortest to the longest. Also, the illustrations in each book were distributed with the same concept.
The choosing of colour
The idea was inspired from a conversation with my tutor Eugenie, “A little child would feel ashamed when they do something wrong, and what will they do? They would cover their eyes and faces with their hands, and then speak out the truth,” So I decided to choose the dark coloured paper in order to simulate the hidden and obscure feelings.