This installation represents the core myths and stories that are passed orally through generations across cultures and continents. These stories exist in our collective memory. Many of them have been subsumed by religions or subjugated by our romance with science. As these myths and stories disappear, what will replace them?
In this work I deliberately push the edge of two-dimensions by using the thinnest of surfaces, Chinese rice paper and fine silk fabric, separating them from the wall and freeing them from the limits of the frame. These materials embody both the vulnerability of myth and its enduring nature. I suspend the scrolls in air, so the images swirl and dance in time and space, or I intertwine them with natural materials to connect them with the beginnings of language.
Mixed media, paper, wood • H 48 x L 42 x W 24
Mixed media, rice paper • 18 x 360
Mixed media, rice paper (detail)
Mixed media, rice paper • 16 x 612
Mixed media, rice paper (detail) • 18 x 600
Mixed media, rice paper • 18 x 600
Mixed media, paper, vines • H 36 x L 42 x W 18
Artist Book (cover detail) • 10 x 14
There was a man who dreamed he was a butterfly.
He flew so high when he awoke,
he didn't know if he was a man who
dreamed he was a butterfly or a
butterfly who dreamed he was a man.