hand-painted with rich turquoise accents, a stainless steel gate with a loose emblem tied on
with a shoelace, or an iron railing with CDs hanging off its balusters by plastic packing rope.
texture and rhythm. I pause to take a photograph, adding the image to a glossary of
encounters, which eventually become the lexicon of shapes and patterns that inform my
sculptures and installations.
I use these elements within my installations to offer viewers cues that connect them with the
poetic narrative implicit in the work. Playing with materiality and form, I build recognizable
architectural forms using steel, rigid foam, or wood, incorporating incense sticks and plaster
casts of fruits and sacred objects to emulate familiar emblems and designs.
thresholds that separate public and private life—especially when their decorative features
reveal something about the inhabitants within, whether it is taste, aspiration, or longing. In A
Patterned Universe, I created an installation of interconnected portals using imported stainless
steel commonly found in Chinese enclaves throughout the world. A conduit linking multiple
places physically and metaphorically, this material stakes a claim through its flashy
presentation as a symbol of self-identification. My installation turned the ordinarily ornamental
stainless steel into a structural frame, allowing viewers to move through the peripheral space
between sidewalk and front door.
monumentalize their value as aesthetic objects, while also signaling the commodification of
cultural imagery and the ways in which this circulation of goods and symbols creates a new
The inquiries in my studio are symbiotic to the ongoing conversations about the diasporic East
Asian experience within the American socio-political landscape. How do we contend with
recurring dialogue that surrounds ideas of in-betweenness and the unfinished? How can I, as a visual artist, offer alternative forms of language for locales that embody these terms? My sculptures often appear to trail off mid-sentence, as if pausing in the process of creating themselves. It is in that lingering ellipsis that a space can be carved out for potential, imagination and invention.