the rock

Today, the world’s primary energy sources include fossil fuel energy, renewable energy, and nuclear energy. However, many other possible sources, large and small, remain untapped with current scientific limitations. Even an unassuming, seemingly inert rock possesses energy stored in the chemical bonds of its molecules. In this installation, I try to remind myself and viewers of the energy that exists in the natural world all around us, in often unnoticed places and things.

on money: free money

What are the ways in which something might have value? How do we assign value to said things? In “free money”, I try to ask what value the kind of currency that dominates the world today has beyond the system in which it functions.

  • the bagel and the scallion pancake, 2019, ketchup, soy sauce, wasabi, chocolate, mustard and more on canvas

the bagel and scallion pancake

As a child of east Asian immigrant parents, I’ve grown up at the cusp of two disparate cultural identities. Inspired by the color-field painting movement and fusion food culture, I set out to create two ‘paintings’ using nothing but food items I grew up with, the mixing of ‘Asian’ and ‘Western’ ingredients reflecting my experience reconciling the two identities as a second generation immigrant.

the white hole

In general relativity, a white hole is the reverse of a black hole. From it, energy, matter, and light can escape, but never enter. In this painting, I take this idea and try to explore the feeling of being shut out, the feeling of being definitively unable to cross a metaphorical threshold.