Step 10 is a video, sound installation that aims to communicate a feeling of dissonance through repetition and distortion of nature images. The video, the acetate print, the laser-engraved PET-G sheets - plastic , and the curtains are all made from the same source images. The artist manipulated them through different materials, magnified, and shrunk them based on the medium and placement.
A single source of projection has created three different variations of the same image within this room. All three projected images - the big one on the two walls between the prints, the medium one on the opposite wall and the smallest one on the acrylic sheet mid-air are all from the same source of projection. The variations are made up of projections through laser-engraved plastic sheets, that are distorted with heat, and poured with silver nitrate in selected parts to create a reflective surface. All the plastic sheets are intentionally left visible because displaying the apparatus is equally important as the resulted spatial collage to me. I would like the viewers to see both the final image and how the original projection is distorted to help viewers understand the process and the end product. These plastic pieces refract light and create new moments in the installation that are interactive with the viewers to help bringing the viewers closer to the piece
1457 x 2953 px
The project was named Step 10 to further avoid cultural symbols and personal references. Viewers are welcomed to understand this as a process documentation, installation manual, or a guide to recreate the piece.
Step 4 1.0
3024 x 1591 px
This composition was created based on the texture of water waves, sand, and rocks. The composition is intentionally left rectangular to emphasize the images’ digitalness. It is a reminder that although these footage and images are from nature, this is a re-presentation, an imitation at best.
Step 4 2.0
3150 x 1800 px
In this alternative composition, the rectangular forms are substituted with organic ones to let the texture merge better. This composition was collage with organic form because it is a still image and it is obviously digital. The organic composition is implace to, again, emphasize the digitalness.
Print on Vellum
4.25 x 8.25''
The first part of the thesis project is a composed of five pairs of short stories, exposing my experience of living a double life between my home culture and current environment. The prose is printed with contradictory colors on vellum, a translucent paper medium, in both English and Chinese. My narrative writing explores the feeling of being stuck in between through the rawest form of storytelling. Each pair of stories showcases an aspect of my experience that created conflict and paradox within my perspective, including drugs, sex, emotions, body image, and political media coverage. All pieces of prose are based on my real personal experiences. By simply presenting what happened without going into the emotional analysis too much, I am inviting the readers to dive into these memories with me and experience what I feel when I am thinking of these pairs of snippets of my life together.