“Between you and me there is something, but it is neither sensible nor intelligible. There, however, always exists…”-Braille points on my recent piece.
Around us, there always exists space. We are embraced by space as well as making space by our body’s movement and relationship with other beings. At the core of my work, I am fascinated by the questions of how space is formed around beings and what meaning the space takes on. I am also intrigued by visualization of it as a signifier. To respond to this, I have been approaching my project in two ways.
One is to visualize microscopic space and structure inside our body, such as blood vessels and the profile of our bones in the way of magnification, based on my interest in emerging science, nanotechnology. For my piece the organ, which was a part of our body, is deliberately extracted from our body as a whole, reconfigured as another new entity, and set on new context for redefining its presence and value, like our being on our rapidly changing society.
Another is to incorporate the emotional experience concealed in our daily relationship with myself or others by molding positive volume from the emptiness captured by the intimate, sensitive contact of our hand(s) with beings. These pieces reflect ephemeral, confidential rapport with certain beings, and a kind of pure communication, that is none spoken. And the intangible, unpredictable space can be redefined as tangible with specific significance.
I think that digital technologies, such as CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, etc, are manifestations of this era in abstracting crafts and arts. This technology has transformed the way I think, design, produce and consume objects. Through the promotion of technology, I believe we can explore and expand the potentiality of crafts in current and developing eras. “Art has always been bound up with technology, and artists have always been among the first to adopt new technologies as they emerge”1
My passion is to explore spatial relations with beings and produce my own vision and potentiality of the beings. This appears to be ambiguous and fugitive, for it seems to be far from our daily lives and hard to perceive it, but there it has always existed. I am striving to express these invisible presences and communicate indescribable emotions, and to encourage the audience to perceive this reality and experience more palpably.
1. Mark Tribe, in the foreword of “The Language of New Media” by Lev Manovich, MIT Press, 2001