3D printed painting Series
Once upon a time people wear special masks and costumes to channel the gods but in a time when most of us no longer believe in anything but technology, why do we still create these outfits?
This project will explore the desire and underlying social implications that drive us to want to become gods by re-creating the many relics, costumes, and masks using 3D printing technology.
Project 1: Horus body armor inspired by Egyptian god Horus bird god. Using 3D pen and black PLA 1.75mm filament.
Project 2: Torc, or neck ring worn by many gods found in the Celtic, Illyrian, and Thracian cultures.
Mixed media prints exploring women's true identity underneath players of synthetic textures: Cracked, Frozen, Plastered, and finally Broken through.
Cognitive, conative, and the affective; I've always been interested in the concept of self especially living in a world full of Me Me Me-ism manifested by over-abundance of selfies. I want to explore the concept of self not through Freud or Jung or even Kohut's perspectives, but something older and more profound: what the Buddha said 2500 years ago and recorded in the Diamond Sutra.
Samjna 我相 , Pudgala 人相 , Sattva眾生相, and Jiva 壽者相 .
Samjna is self-awareness to put it in layman's term. It's the awakening moment of I am Me, I am who I am, and I am what I think I am. Following the line of logic, I use mixed media of iphone photography, oil painting, and digitally applied textures all wrapped up in one to create a sense of Me, which is multi-layered with super fine details and complex. A perfect representation of my struggle with the meaning of self: real, unreal, and hyper-real.
According to the Diamond Sutra, we start with Samjna or the awareness of oneself, and because I have a concept of myself now, I will also become aware of other's individual existence outside of myself. Since you are different from me you cannot be my Samjna, therefore you must be a totally different entity.
Pudgala: In the sutra the individual entity is called Pudgala or in laymen's term: he, she, and they.
This artwork is a series of questions I have in regard to the concept of Pudgala. For instance, what is the impetus that makes us exclaim: " Yes, I'm me and you are you!" And can it be possible we truly are not that much different from each other?
What if that moment of "Ah ha" never happened and Samjna never came into existence? Can it then be possible to experience sameness with one another, and discard the external variations that we use to differentiate one another?
Food for thoughts.
Sattva as described in the Diamond Sutra. In the simplest term Sattva is the multitude of selves that populates our world. It includes the conception of self from human beings and none human beings such as the animals, and I guess you would call the "supernatural beings."
According to the Buddhist belief, who we become depend on the karmic experience we accumulate through each life we are reborn to. No matter who you are reborn as, the awareness of one self Samjna will always be there, therefore creating a collective awareness of selves: Sattva.
To create Sattva, I use the first print I did which is the Samjna print, and add layer upon layer of paints, patterns, textures, and masks to represent the idea of different conceptions of self from animals and supernatural beings.
I just wonder once you pry away all the external layers of disguises, will you find the same concept of self underneath.
Navigating the emotional landscape between the cognitive, behavioral, and social interactions.
Wanderer: Between past disappointments and future expectations.
What If: What if my past is my childhood's imaginary monster coming to life?
What You See and What I See: Do you see my American dream as an artist layered in prints, or do you see my American dream as a blond hair princess decked out in tiara and frothy ball gown?