Conceptual Coffee Drawing Project
I started this conceptual drawing project in 2006. Similar to Astronaut project, it revolves around the concept of control and uncontrollable. The drawing is using non-traditional materials like coffee and breath inspired by my love of that first cup of daily morning coffee. Thoughts from Eastern philosophy and John Cage's chance and indeterminacy mostly the unpredictability of life have imbued the drawing process, a way like discovering and learning from the "untold". How chance interplays with intuition as the guiding light is an experience often full of surprises. Other inspirations are the intricacy of the bare winter tree branches and various lines I see around, 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)