Daegu, 2016, video, color, 5:30 min
Daydreaming, 2015, video, color, 2:14 min
Paterson, 2015, video, color, 5:00 min
Below three videos were made during an artist-in-residence at Halsnøy Kloster in Norway from May 3 to May 22, 2013. The residency took a place at a 150-year old farm house that was converted into Sunnhordland Museum, a folk museum that was built with the ruins from the Monastery of Halsnøy. Halsnøy Kloster celebrated 850-year anniversary in 2013.
Strand, 2013, video, color, 3:00 min
Strand is an extension of my ongoing series of self-portraiture. This series began using still photography and now continues into video work. The word Strand has two dictionary meanings: a thread (yarn) and the land bordering a body of water. Scenes of knitting a lengthening thread symbolizes the passage of time and also symbolizes longing and waiting. The video is divided between interior spaces of the Halsnøy Kloster and exterior spaces of the nearby town and the surroundings of the Kloster. By placing myself in these different locations, I am traveling between past and present and between dream and reality; while history and memory shape one side of my experience, existing cultures that live on today shape the other. The 850-year-old monastery and the strong tradition of knitting in Norway inspired me to make this work.
Bunad, 2013, 1:25 min
Bunad is a multimedia project combining still images and Norwegian folk music. In thinking of tradition and identity, I was curious to wear the traditional Norwegian costume and see how I would look from the outside with an Asian features, and feel from inside the clothing, since I am not born of Norway. The project was inspired by the 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. I am particularly drawn to his paintings of women in domestic settings and to the ambiguity within the narratives. While the pictures were intended to be stand-alone still images, when viewing them together in fast-motion, I thought to put them together as moving images. Bunad portrays my process of making self-portraits as it showcases all the images in the original sequence.
Folkesanger, 2013, video, color, 13:39 min
Folkesanger (Folksongs in Norwegian) was born out of my idea to collaborate with local residents on Halsnøy Island. In response to our fast-changing global world, I decided to look closer at the other side of it: tradition in modern day life. Since folksongs are generally taught in the elementary schools, singing folksongs could have the power to bring about childhood memories. For some, singing became an act of performance and negotiation of how much to let go of oneself. I consider the video as a collection of portraits rather than a collection of folksongs. Each song sung is a small view into an individual person’s life.