Artist Statement

 

My current works focus on the following three main ideas: Duality, Language/Translation, and Memories/Experiences.
As someone who grew up in an Eastern culture and now lives in the West, I have experienced two distinctive cultural value systems. Quite often, those value systems are contradictory to each other. Both the ideas and my own observations constantly influence each other. Often, those distinctive values create conflicts in my life, and in shaping my own thoughts and views in them. They provoke more questions than firm answers. Therefore, I am interested in the duality of everything, or how the same idea can be viewed differently from those two cultural perspectives.


Language is another dimension that was brought to my attention by living in two different cultural environments. I am often caught in between translations, whether it is the words, text or the cultural contents itself. The act of translation became the act of decoding the order to reveal meaning. Reading became more than just reading, but deciphering the words as codes and breaking into the meanings behind. Language is like a puzzle that constantly changes around me, and my role as an interpreter continues. I create work with elements that require the viewers to decode the meaning behind the work and to experience languages in conceptual ways. In my photography work, “Decipher”, the photogram is intertwined with text, hand brushed Chinese calligraphy, and English alphabets and images that overlap one another. The photography became an abstract view of the indecipherable images and text. It seems as though one could read the text, but upon closer inspection one realizes it doesn’t make any sense to try.


Another part of my work draws from my memories, the past and the ever changing experiences that I have. I observe of my surroundings, people and their relationships with others. The outcome becomes my personal statement of how I view the world, which I hope will start up dialogues between people.


I enjoy creating something that is interactive and doesn’t put the viewers in a passive role. Rather, it requires the viewers to be active, to go through certain experiences which will provoke them with self reciprocal questions. There are moments of interpersonal awakening or growing consciousness of oneself. I am more interested in the conceptual ideas and working to not let the mediums constrain me and the idea itself, whether it is digital, photography, fine art, sound, video, animations or installations.