The title "Mapping the Body" was inspired by the idea of a map as an abstract form used to guide one to find a way. The "body" undergoing a continuous process of breaking down, evolving, shaping, and reshaping, serves as a bearer of memories and time. I wanted to examine the connection between past and present selves to understand how the past influences shaping of one’s identity, thus facilitate the process of reconciliation.
process of reconciliation
In the installation piece "The Process of Reconciliation", 13 largedouble-sided prints were assembled to create a spiral space that a viewer can walk into. As one goes through the spiral corridor, the gentle fluttering and swaying of the paper prints serves as a reminder of ones' own fragility.
Examining the connection between past and present self, understanding how the past influences shaping one’s identity, and beginning the process of reconciliation/ rebuilding are the central theme in my recent work. In “Lesson” series, I used both child self and the adult self as my effort to express the relationship between past and present selves, hoping to establish a sense of balance, a lesson I still need to learn.
Memories, especially memories of growing up, are the inseparable parts of our everyday lives. It is these memories, acting as our consciences, that remind us where we come from and provide us a sense of identity/belonging. The work in the show represents my effort to express the relationship between past and present selves as well as the desire to recreate what has been lost. By attempting to "fill in the blanks" I hope to regain a sense of my own belonging and balance.