21 Grams Series - Self-Portrait

Plaster, bronze powder, printable fabric, plexiglass, spray paint, and resin
40'' (H) x 40'' (W) x 10'' (D)
2018-2019


In this series "21 Grams, the Weight of Souls", I discuss "what is lost while trying to adapt oneself to the society" -- it is not something tangible but it is something that makes human beings HUMAN. The title was inspired by an old scientific study published in 1907 by Duncan MacDougall. In his research, a person's soul weighs 21 grams.

The viewers' experiences are challenged by the twisted female portrait and water dripping effect from the coated resin. The pair of hands that wring the fabric is made from plaster - the material popularly used in the construction of buildings. A metaphor that represents our society. The hands were cast from my own hands to convey that I am part of this social pressure and allow the oppression to be applied to myself: I am my own biggest enemy. With this body of work, I hope to respond to the questions that are always hunting me: What makes us humanity distorted? What causes us to be in pain but, at the same time, being part of the root in our culture? What is the American dream we believe in now?