May 28 -
June 26, 2004
Reception: Friday, May 28, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 12, 4pm
Free and open to the public
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12 - 5pm
...allí donde flota mi cuerpo
entre los equilibrios contrarios
... there, where my body floats between contrary equilibriums
from "Poema doble del lago Edem" by Federico García
Artist's Statement: The Fingerprint Project
I come from a long line of migrators: my mother came from Cuba
and my father from China. I was born in the U.S., but float, as
Federico García Lorca puts it, "between contrary equilibriums."
I find myself in the odd position of inhabiting three cultures,
yet also arguably not claimed fully by any one of them.
My series of installations, called The Fingerprint Project, uses
Lorca's poem as a starting point, drawing as well on the Buddhist
concept of interdependent arising which basically asserts that
what we experience as reality is really a co-creative experience
depending entirely on everyone and everything ’s constant participation.
The work focuses on how those inextricable linkages function in
the context of individual and group dynamics.
These installations link the ideas of personal migration (and
identity) and interdependence. They result from a longer process
that begins by collecting molds of friends' fingertips, casting
them in wax and mounting them in patterns mimicking migratory
patterns (e.g., how birds flock, insects swarm, or animals move
in herds) on simple light blue fields painted directly on the
wall. Shadows are then drawn in with sumi-ink and powdered graphite.
The result is a space in which it is difficult to tell what floats
above and what is painted on to the wall, a space in which the
co-creative acts of relationships, migration, and ultimately reality
all float in the nebulous area of imminence.