To Build a Shelter builds upon Naturalization/Dissociation in this work, official government documents pertaining to my adoption and naturalization as a United States citizen. Through revisiting these documents, I re-experienced the feelings of trauma, grief, and loss. My work yearns for a deeper connection with Chinese culture and finding my biological family.
The layering and printing of such documents on a repurposed bedsheet reflects upon my experience as a displaced, fostered, and adopted Chinese American. The materiality of the bedsheet expresses the reoccurance of beds as throughout my work, as motifs of domestic settings, the notion of home, intimacy, security, or lackthereof. The a-frame tent is handcrafted from foraged bamboo, which indicates the correlation between the historical usage of bamboo within Chinese culture and bamboo as a plant to express my complex identity. The a-frame tent was designed with the idea of play and hopes that someday I will have the opportunity to meet my biological sister here to reunite after over twenty years of separation.
Created during Winter Keyholder Residency at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville, Maryland.