Go with the Flow
I visited the botanical garden in Marnay the second day I arrived in the village. The director walked me through the garden and had me smell, touch, and taste a lot of the plants, which I had never done in a botanical garden. The second time I visited the garden, I bought a bunch of vegetables with shapes I had never seen, including a pâtisson (pattypan squash), which is very common for the local people.
I put the pâtisson in my room and stared at it every day. One day it said to me that I should put myself in it. While locals drove around and got groceries, the pâtisson would then be my vehicle to go everywhere.
Skopje Fengshui Fountain
Skopje, North Macedonia
This piece is about what I see in Skopje - water fountains, dolls at the bazaar market, sculptural objects on the street and in the park, bee boxes, abandoned buildings with rebars sticking out, casinos, young couples with babies, dogs lying in the middle of the road, Skopje's version of Arc de Triomphe, etc. In this installation with concrete structures and plastic toys, quirky things in Skopje interact with each other and thus become even more bizarre.
By the way, in Chinese households or indoor spaces, a water fountain has an auspicious connotation, symbolizing the running of life, bringing good luck and fortune.
I took a lot of walks during my time in the countryside of west Latvia. During the walks, I would take pictures, sing, take a seat on a rock, read books, pick up and study objects that I find interesting on the way. The objects that I collected include:
-leftover wood pieces with worm holes
-animal (deer?) bone in the woods
-horse bone on the window sill of the owner’s work hut
-charcoal from the wood that we burned for the stone planting ceremony
-shoe sole from supposedly German troops who occupied the area
-gas can which used to be a Chinese almond milk can, painted over with black paint
-roof material from old manor house
-wreath on Japanese wood Jizo sculpture in the kitchen
-branch with fancy mosses
-feathers from local birds
-brick for grinding stones
Conversation, or "How to Play with Your Sculpture"
2016 - 2017
2016 - 2017
Viewers kneel down to hear the sound of me sanding, chiseling, and painting the sculpture through a tube inside a wooden megaphone structure. By using such sounds, I am paying homage to the similarly tedious labor that was put into the construction of the dome of the Florence Cathedral, from which I derived the form of my piece.
I started with a model for a human-sized telescope that was supposed to be installed outdoors. Ideally, each time you rotate the telescope, you see a different "crop" image formed by the floral patterns. I used multiples of 1/5 of the diameter of a circle to draw arcs that form floral patterns of rotational symmetry, referring to the “pointed fifth” that determined the profile of the dome of the Florence Cathedral.
Donkey sculpture for Olav Westphalen in performance "Changing City"
Cardboard Mountains for fashion showcase at University of Arts Bremen, Germany
The following pieces are part of a public sculpture proposal. The sculptures were supposed to be located outside of the Weiss Center for the Arts in Carlisle, PA.
This model takes the shape of a praxinoscope. Viewers are supposed to walk around the central column and see their own reflections. But what's different from a traditional praxinoscope is that the surrounding panorama does not have different images that forms an animation. Instead, the panorama is made of a mirror-like reflective material. So that the scenery surrounding the sculpture can be reflected onto the inside of the panorama. When the wheel moves, the scenery on the ground and the skyscape would be moving together.
This model is based on the shape of a liturgical pulpit. The viewers would enter from the bottom and spiral up to the upper level. When they reach the upper level, they are surrounded by vertical walls made up of dark-colored wood panels. The upper level can also function as a gallery space where paintings are displayed vertically.