The body always changes and never behaves, however much we want to control it.
This video projection shows me writing and rewriting on my stomach over and over in lipstick, contradictory phrases: normal body, abnormal body, my body, your body, etc. The video is projected on stained cosmetic rounds, which were used to wipe the lipstick off. Although I erase the words, lipstick traces remain on my skin.
Everything is really loud down here on earth so I needed to take a break. Fall asleep, float around for a bit.
Inspired by Ellen Ripley’s escape from the xenomorph at the end of the movie Alien, I created a mixed media piece depicting myself floating in a sleeping capsule in a space-like void. The notion of escapism is the central theme of “Capsule”. Materials include xerox copies, paint, and glitter.
A collaborative performance piece with a friend and artist from Hong Kong, Liu Rong Rong. It was inspired by the antagonistic relationship between humans and nature, particularly with water. In our performance, we systematically retrieve water (sourced from a local lake, climb our industrial ladders, and pour it back in with increasing violence. When the water is left alone, it is placid and clear. As we interfere with the water, it splashes over the edge of the pool, the mud in the bottom of the pool starts rising and discoloring the water, and the quiet water is churning. The action continues for several minutes and was performed twice: once in the lake, once in a gallery setting.
When a safe place becomes unsafe.
“Creature” was a product of thinking about physical safety and mental well being. It was inspired by classic monster movies such as Creature of the Black Lagoon and Jaws that feature women swimming in the water, which quickly goes from a peaceful environment to one of danger, one that can drown you. Water, for me, is incredibly important and healing, but one can not ignore the terror and unexpected consequences of becoming too comfortable and allowing your guard to fall. It was filmed in my bathtub- a safe space that quickly becomes unsafe as I remain submerged indefinitely as the video loops.
Self-love is expensive and time-consuming.
In the same vein as “Rituals”. These tools caress my face daily and are then disposed of. I have been saving them for a while now.
In The Flesh
A series of prints created for my undergraduate thesis exhibition, “In The Flesh”, addressing themes such as body image, beauty, femininity and biology.