Velleity, 2016 - 2018

William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY

The work Velleity is an installation of photographs presented on the gallery wall along with a photobook, which explore the process of self-reflection and self-discovery. This experimental work is a form of meditation, which reveals itself through the process of walking photographing, and repurposing into a work of art. The photobook, with its textual references and adaptation of color, develops the concept of the images and text as the language to describe the seemingly unexceptional moments of everyday life. Visualizing the experience as a person navigating different cultures, social expectations, and realities, ponders my displacement in the past and present, leading to moments of isolation and a struggle to communicate with those around me.

Throughout the work, there is a series of repeated motifs. Photographs of a window are a recurring element of the work, as well as a soft pink color. Writing is an important part of my artistic process. The writing makes its way into the series in the photobook, in the form of deconstructed, murmuring text. Within the photobook, the text becomes a visual element, working with the images to reinforce the use of image as language to describe the seemingly unexceptional moments of daily life and the challenges of communication with those around me.

8x7in, handmade photobook, 2018

Consisting of photographs and murmuring texts. In the book, I work in an associative and intuitive process. The process of negotiating the subtle relationship between the concept of image as language presentation and word choice has made me reconsider the otherness of communication between people.

In the texts of the photo book, I have used my English pronunciation problem, my "broken English," to create abstract illustrations. Their lack of apparent meaning speaks to the complexities of universal communication. The murmured, deconstructed writing brings in my voice, but the text is taken apart, broken. The idea of broken English is taken literally in this process. My sentences, words, and punctuation marks are broken apart and re-arranged visually to aesthetically convey a contradiction between visual and emotional perceptions and they reflect the difficulties in communicating one's innermost thoughts to others.

6x5in each, Archival Pigment Print, 2018

I am interested in how one image can affect the reading of another, using formal elements such as colors; lines; and shapes to create a sequence and express the ups and downs of emotion, distance and time. For example, an image of a dazzling light in a dark space is placed close to another image with a similarly shaped shadow, creating a visual clue that passes through these images. In this work, associations are not just made through visual similarities but also between the viewer’s experience of viewing the images found on the shelf. The shelf installation has a scannable layout, categorizing the content through visual elements and collected instants, which juncture the flow of emotion.


09/13 to 11/23/2019,
The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH