“It feels very vulnerable to be on the other side of the camera. I was giving someone else the power to manipulate a group of people’s image of me. Throughout the process, my own past experiences involving film would often resurface, but I would not be able to take part in ways similar to those experiences because I was the subject of the film, and not the cameraperson nor director.
As if to counteract this vulnerability, I started to document the experience of being filmed, particularly focusing on moments where I managed to capture the camera or the camera lost me. I started playing a game where I would record such moments and signify them through repeated phrases such as “I shot him” throughout the book. I put together these experiences in a diary format similar to journal entries in teen girls’ diaries, hopefully giving a strange, unconventional spin to a format often not taken as seriously in the fine arts world. Throughout the book, I also documented the questions I started to ask myself as I began to realize that becoming the subject gave me power within this project in different ways. I had the opportunity to decide exactly where to film and exactly what they could film. I chose to repeatedly visit destinations that are often associated with female adolescence and commonly deemed to be without concrete, practical purpose, such as fortune tellers, aquariums, and cafes. Locality plays a large presence within the book, as the recorded events often connote an attachment to a specific building or language barrier I met during my time in Seoul.”
Learn Your ABC
Learn Your ABC (DEFGHIJKLMNO...) cycles through nine iterations of the alphabet. It progressively relays more subjectivity in its portrayals with each iteration. Readers are encouraged to color in the illustrations with crayons, colored pencils, or colored markers. Rated T.
Where is my Fruit?
"Where is my fruit" is a short picture book about a girl who is unable to sprout a fruit on her head. All the other kids can, so why can't she?
Study on Leaves
Book of Tropical Flowers
These are a couple of pages from a book I created with Simon Wu, where we morphed, played, cut up, moved around, disrespected re-arranged, twisted and broke down the Chinese characters from what we learned in the classroom. Our main medium of exploration was experimentation. Over the summer of 2015, while both of us were in Beijing, we had regular weekly meetings to play games. We had a different exercise every week. We did these exercises in tandem with our own Chinese education, as a means of processing and exploring how we learn the language. As beginners, our understanding of Chinese was so shallow that we were able to play around with the language through purely visual means with the ignorance of someone who doesn’t know many words, or the semiotics behind words. Through this, we hoped to find alternate systems of meaning, unlock information hidden within the characters and the language, and come to a fuller understanding of our relationship to it.