My work explores an inner world of stored images and reflects on the shifting space of landscape, narrative, and memory. Under the pressing process of globalization, I am interested in how any image conveys a sense of time and place specific to a personal and cultural history. Questions of home and belonging are recurring themes in my work; painting and drawing have been the constants on which I rely to investigate these questions.
As an immigrant, the experiences of location and dis-location profoundly shape how I view the world. I find landscape acquires meaning through memories. Through reflection and recollection, we are the subjects overwriting a landscape’s original meaning while holding the potential of all future memory. In this sense, I make work about people and their native environment in an effort to re-define and re-establish a sense of belonging within their habitat. My source material includes photographs, popular mass-culture images, and classical art from European and Asian traditions. Through juxtapositions, I refashion and combine images in different styles for presentation as a new whole.
In current work, I look to traditional Chinese ink painting and the way in which negative space metaphorically becomes a placeless-land. The flattened and sometimes ambiguous space invites an openness in which the painting becomes an uncertain and shifting trajectory rather than a finalized representation.
Each work is an open-ended formal search of personal and collective memories, emotions, and history.