–paint–blobs–queer–plastic– (2016), MAC Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

This show, –paint–blobs–queer–plastic–, is a kind of teleological exploration of paint, its nature, and its relation to nature. Expanding from and further developing my earlier concepts based on queer theory and construction of identities through paint-made objects, this new body of work confronts and juxtaposes the synthetic, plastic, and artificial nature of paint with vegetation. Introduction of this “natural” element momentarily disrupts the sterile, plastic, shiny surface of paint, providing a sense of peculiarity and queerness, much like seeing grass growing between cracks in concrete pavement. It shows us how much and how far we have come to change the environment and how we perceive that change, how quickly and easily we accept it as nature or being natural. Reflecting on these questions and ideas, I would like to present paint and paint-made objects in a more “natural” setting, a transitory moment for viewers to see these paint blobs as “artifacts/artificial objects that resemble nature/nature-made things” into experiencing them as “objects of artifactual earth that exist in nature.”

FeTiSH 123 (BFA Thesis Show)

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April 09 – 12, 2012. Gallery 108, APSU, Clarksville, TN
fet·ish
[fet-ish, fee-tish]
noun
1. an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency.
2. any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence,respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.
 3. Psychology . any object or non-genital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation.
Also, fet·ich.
Origin: 
1605-15;
earlier fateish  < Portuguese feitiço  charm, sorcery(noun), artificial (adj.) < Latin factīcius
factitious;  replacing fatisso, fetisso  < Portuguese, as above
Related forms fet·ish·like, adjective
Synonyms 1.  talisman, amulet.

in memoriam (2011)

in memoriam
8 ft x 2 1/2 ft x 1/2 ft
Mixed Media Installation
materials:
broken pieces of glass
a pear on a candle holder
a shadow box collage of John Rutter’s Requiem, a dead sparrow, Korean-Japanese playing cards (HwaToh)
a wooden frame
a magazine cut-out of F. Zurbaran’s “Meditation of St. Francis”, hung upside down
two sheets of burlap and a layer of chiffon sewn together, with powder rosin and grease wax

installation – totenbäume (On M. Heidegger’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking) (2011)

“Installation: totenbäume” was a year-long project that incorporated a site-specific sculpture/video projection. For sculpture materials, I went out to the Cumberland river and gathered driftwood and dorky looking tree branches to initially make a sculptural “graffiti” under a hidden staircase by the school library. Later on, I got an opportunity to make a video piece that was recorded from the site and eventually projected onto the sculpture and the site. The subject, totenbäume or dead tree, is a reference to both the materials used and the concept derived from Martin Heidegger’s “Building, Dwelling, Thinking”.