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Collide, Collaborate

Sculpture 2015. UK.
Materials: Acrylic paint, tree branch
Dimensions variable

 

Sometimes collaboration exists in the form of collision. That is when differences are celebrated.

 


 

  

A Beautiful Collision

Sculpture 2015. UK.
Materials: Acrylic paint, pebbles and drawing on canvas board
25cm x 25cm

 

A Beautiful Collision is an extension of my line drawings. It is a collage of found pebbles from the beach at St Leonards and drawings from the series Nodes, Lines, Destinations and Others. The work celebrates the coming together of different medium, namely drawing, painting and found objects.

 


 

12 Hours

Sculpture 2012. UK.
Materials: Maps, seashells and resin
Dimensions variable


Life is an unknown journey. There might not be any choice as to how it turns out to be. But there are choices as to how to respond to things as they are unfold. Sometimes, we might choose to do a lot. Other times, we might like to do nothing at all.

The seashell piece forms part of a bigger project names 12 Hours. The project was exhibited at Bank Street Arts Gallery at Sheffield in a show named 12-12-12.

12 Hours is a collaborative work carried out with another artist Andrea Artz. For this project, we picked a destination within the UK for each other to travel to. We did not know about the place that we were asked to visit until the day of travel which was 1 July 2012. Sealed envelopes with train tickets and instructions of tasks to be carried out during the journey were exchanged the night before. By responding to the instructions, the artists tried to aim at collecting materials which could potentially be used to make further artwork individually afterwards. The materials collected came in the form of objects, sketches, writings, voice, photos, memories and so on.

Based on the number 12, I decided to start by drawing on a map a circle with a radius of 144km from the centre of London. Amongst the places that this circle hit, I picked Derby for Andrea to travel to. As for me, I was asked to travel south to Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight.

For this seashell piece, I made use of some shells that I picked up from a beach at the Isle of Wight. Inside, there were fragments of a map which I was given at the Tourists Information Center at Portsmouth. By combining the two objects, I wish to connect up the two places which are only separated by a harbour.

 


 

The Pawnbroker's Shop

Sculpture 2011. UK.
Materials: Paper, images and thread
Dimensions variable

This piece of work was exhibited in the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

In The Pawnbroker's Shop in the Book Sketches of Boz by Charles Dickens, objects in a pawnbroker's shop are vividly described and sketched out in words. I cut and pasted the terms of objects written by Dickens into Google and looked up what images were associated with these terms. I then made books with the found images. The books are small which correspond to the size of images that came up on my computer screen as I did the search.

I wish to interpret Dickens's observation of objects using Google as a tool. The images that came up through the search were rather random.

 


 

The Universe Series

Sculpture 2008 - 2011. UK.
Materials: Varied
Dimensions Variable

This series of works comprises of a number of small sculptures. It is a continuous project.

 


 

Removing the Material Surface of Communication

Objects 2010. UK.
Materials: Pages from books and masking tapes
Dimensions variable


I removed the superficial texts of books that were written in different languages.

 


 

Buried but not Dead

Sculpture 2009. UK.
Materials: Books, soil, glass tank, ivy leaves and roots
40cm x 40cm x 40cm

Some of the books for this work were buried underground inside a cemetery. They went through both rainy and sunny days before they were transferred into a tank. The books and text were buried but they were not dead. In fact, they have become the root for new lives.

 


 

Balloons!

Sculpture 2009. UK.
Materials: Balloons, plaster, strings and helium
Dimensions variable

This piece of work is about lightness against weight.
It is like a changing sculpture. The work changes with time.

The higher up the balloon, the faster it comes down.

 


 

Once Lost

Objects 2009. UK.
Materials: Video and found glove
3cm (W) x 12cm (D) x 13cm (H)

When I first arrived in the UK, I spent some time being a wanderer. During my daily walks, I picked up a number of lost objects from people whom I had never met before.

The objects could only be found after they were lost.