I use the camera as a tool to explore a variety of presences of objects that is not achievable with the naked eye. I am interested in ways to represent our physical world through exploring interactions between photography and sculpture. The translation of 3D reality to 2D images, and then to 2D or 3D objects combines my photographic and sculptural practices. I wish to encourage viewers to look closer at the details of reality.
The other path in my work, which sometimes intersects with my photographic interests, draws inspiration from my Chinese cultural background. My current fascination is with ritual bronze vessels. They seem to embody a system of beliefs that we no longer have access to today. I am transforming these historical objects into personal objects, and because they were made by my hands, I want to embed them with my belief system.
The themes of time and labor are prevalent in my projects. All my works are time and labor intensive and I derive great satisfaction from the act of making. Part of the rationale behind this comes from my undergraduate days of simultaneously learning science, working in research labs, and making art. Throughout the artmaking, I would carefully document my works in progress and make prototypes, which I consider experiments, for the final artworks. Since I employ the general structure of the scientific method in my practice, I am currently organizing my ideas and writing about my art in the format of scientific papers.