In this piece, I am thinking about the collective strengths and outcomes of collaboration. In a woven cloth, individual threads become a strong structure through the process of weaving, linking, and intersecting. In a similar sense, when people work together, not only are physical connections made, but also perhaps connections made from human to human. I question what can be made through a communal process of free play.
modeling in rhino & making a mini model to understand the process of cutting compound angles
CNC slots for buckles & assembled frame
making noodles tubes & testing attachment structures
The Weight Between You and Me
What are the different conflicts, joys and compromises made throughout the exploration of a relationship? How much are we willing to work and give to maintain a balance?
the weight between you and me
Pine, Basswood 2018
Semi-Permeable: An instrument that functions when two people are balanced. The balance then allows for a collaborative walk or swaying.
Semi-Permeable is a structure that is inspired by the exercise leg swings in Chinese public parks. The leg swings have been something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and have been dear to my heart, as it was something that was so unique and fun that is so ubiquitous in China, but foreign to America. The swing also talks about the stark difference in the way Western minds work and take on a task, compared to the mindset of Asian culture, Individualism vs. Collectivism.
You’re missing your family and haven’t seen them in a while. Phone calls replace physical presence with intimate conversation. Is that enough to remedy homesickness? From interviewing people in our community on the topic of home and family, we to begin to understand the complex relationships between people and place. Our attachment to home is connected to the support and care that our family gave us. Now that you are away from home, what is it that you are missing? When was the last time you called home?
Homesick Hotline is a collaboration between Kathy Guo and Anna Huff. It is a functional phone line system where anyone in the U.S. can call in and listen to pre-recorded strangers talk about their families. We wanted to understand a few questions: What is it that makes home worth missing or not missing at all? How does the love we receive from our families translate to how we show love to others in our community? By listening to the curated topics, people can experience an illusion of intimacy with people they will never meet. The recorded responses are clips from 16 different interviews, which were then manually transcribed onto our Hotline Directory. The audio was edited and organized into different topics which were then inputed into the a designed phone line system on an service called Twillio.
Remember to Rest is a cradle that is meant to sit in places it doesn't quite belong. In stern office settings, the dirty metal shop. A place where adults often forget to take a warm nurturing break that somehow becomes taboo as we grow up.
As a highly sensitive person, I find myself often crying and overwhelmed by the stimulus of everyday life. This tissue box, which is inspired by my childhood hiding closets serves as a therapeutic space to heal.
216"x4" hand-dyed cotton woven in double cloth
Seemingly harmless everyday microaggressions build up and strangle over time. My identity is left with nothing but your assumptions about me.
American Breakfast Looks Like This Too
Acrylic Yarn, Plastic Bags 2016
This is a piece intended to examine the process of exclusivity and inclusivity in viewing of an artwork based on cultural and identity based boundaries. It speaks about how minority voices are selected out from a white gaze, while we’ve always been here unapologetically authentic.
A weaving articulating the concept of sketching. A trial and error, a never-ending question. This piece revisits the child-like tendency to create unknowingly.
When creating this piece, I wanted to explore all the possibilities of manipulating the warp and weft to create different structures and textures while keeping the same warp pattern and tie up. As I was weaving, I was constantly asking, “what if I did this instead.” This is the amalgamation of those curiosities.