My work draws upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring the relationship between memory, perception, and bodily sensations. Human hair, at once corporeal and a symbol of remembrance, has become my visual nexus for the intersection between body and mind.
I find that by using this tactile and delicate material in my work, people are invited to pay closer attention to the present moment. The nearly weightless sculptures, composed of woven strands of hair, move in space with the shifting airflow and respond to the viewer’s locomotion. These gentle movements in space, and intricate details, shift the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and introduce subtle perceptions that are often taken for granted. Additionally, the semi-transparent sculptural forms are woven from fine strands of hair, symbolically embodying ineffable thoughts and memories. For instance, in my “Sensing Thought” series, I envisioned Thought Clouds juxtaposed with thorns representing fragments of memories. This concept is further explored in "The Portal," which symbolizes my stream of thoughts gradually dissipating into another dimension. It features a vanishing point suspended in the air, inviting viewers to gaze upward and contemplate their own stream of thoughts, pondering what lies beyond the realm of our current understanding.
In my recent work, I draw inspiration from Buddhist philosophy, specifically the concepts of form and emptiness, which highlight the interconnectedness and ever-changing nature of all phenomena. Through my art, I embark on a poetic exploration of form and emptiness, delving into the question of what emptiness truly signifies. To convey these ideas, I utilize shimmering veils meticulously crafted from human hair, and other natural materials including horsehair, feathers, and milkweed seed fiber, to contemplate the fleeting and ephemeral nature of our existence. They evoke a sense of fragility, inviting viewers to reflect upon the transient nature of life. Moreover, by intricately interweaving and knotting delicate materials over time, I hint at the underlying interconnectedness of all beings, symbolizing the interwoven fabric of existence.