Astronaut Project (ongoing)
I began this project during my graduate school in the mid-'90s. In this project, I want to characterize the astronaut as a metaphorical construct of a dislocated, artificial and transplanted subject. The inspiration rooted in my early childhood living in Taiwan together with my parents every night in front of a b/w TV watching news of the concurrent yet contradictory historical events taken place in 1969–moon landing and War in Vietnam. For some reason, this personal experience and its affiliated contradictions in this historical time have stuck in my mind. Other inspirations are my goldfish, artist/composer John Cage, Chinese Philosophy, life in Los Angeles, and everyday cross-cultural conflicts. Similar to my other works, feelings of vulnerability and uncertainty shaped by uncontrollable events in daily existence are used as points of departure. They construct and explore the psychological and philosophical journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut floating in space in a state of indeterminacy.