Conceptual Coffee Drawing Project
I started this conceptual drawing project back in 2006. Similar to my Astronaut project, it revolves around the concept, control and the uncontrollable. Created using non-traditional materials like coffee and breath influenced by my love for daily morning coffee, John Cage's chance and indeterminacy, and Eastern philosophy in everyday life. In the drawing process, how chance interplays with intuition as the guiding light is an experience often full of surprises. Other inspirations are the intricacy of winter tree branches and various lines, Chinese black and white Ink Paintings and improvisational music. This project can be done collaboratively. I have tried it with friends, a baby, seniors, and family members.
“Astronaut” has been one of my ongoing projects since the mid-90s. In this project, I want to characterize the astronaut as a metaphorical construct, of a dislocated, artificial and transplanted subject. It all started when I was a child living in Taiwan. Together with my parents in front of a b/w tv, we watched the concurrent yet contradictory historical events taken place in 1969 – moon landing and War in Vietnam. Other inspirations are goldfish, John Cage and Chinese Philosophy, life in Los Angeles, and everyday cross-cultural experiences. The feelings of isolation, vulnerability and uncertainty shaped by uncontrollable events in daily existence are often used as points of departure. They are to construct and explore the psychological and philosophical journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut floating in space in a state of indeterminacy.
"Untitled I, II and III"
Laminated Digital Image on wood (reflective)
20"x30" each (triptypch)