Sirius Chan’s solo exhibition “The Dark Matter of a Trichster” based on the artist’s personal experiences of suffering from trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) starting from her young age. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s works from 2013 to 2019, depicting the uncontrollable urge, ecstasy, obsession, depression, isolation and the trauma of a trichster.
Dark matter is the mysterious substance that makes up to approximately 84.5% of the matter in the universe that can not be seen nor detected, and scientists can’t figure out what it’s made of. Just like trichotillomania, the cause and the cure is still unknown. Many cases go unrecognized or unreported. It has been estimated that 0.5-3% of people will experience the condition at some point during life.
To trichsters, the dark matter could be the obsession of touching the hair, or the anxiety and frustration after pulling, or the bullying and snide remarks that come from school. This exhibition is a self reflective journal comprised with painting and installation, exploring the internal feelings and the evidences of symptoms, hoping to raise the awareness of the disorder.