21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag

Printable fabric and resin
~28'' (H) x ~15'' (W) x ~5'' (D)
2020


Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, once said in his book Wealth of Nations, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interests." However, today, people are enslaved by the profit-driven society, consumerism, and socio-economic inequality. The ability to have self-interests and a fulfilling life become a privilege reserved for the elite, a wealth based discrepancy only intensified by the recent pandemic. 

In my ongoing series "21 Grams- the Weight of Souls - Grocery Bag", I interview and photograph artists who have left their previous professions in order to follow their dreams of becoming artists. I intend to create an exhaustive catalog of the faces and untold stories of the middle class, especially those who battle between having a remunerative career and pursuing their dreams. This series highlights the power of art, social pressures that burden creatives, the internal and external struggles throughout their career transitions, life experiences of being artists in our modern era, and the impact of late capitalism on the landscape of the human condition. 

I digitally print the headshots of these artists onto pieces of fabric, coat a thin layer of resin onto the fabric, and make twisted and manipulated photo-sculptures with the printed textile. My non-traditional approach of combining digital photography with the soft mesh-like material creates a novel visual language that represents today’s distorted world and tangled mind. By blurring the 2-D and 3-D with printed semi-transparent fabrics, I also explore new possibilities that extend beyond traditional 2-D prints, which enables me to invite the light, 3-D, and texture back to my final presentation. For the content of the interview, please visit: https://www.kacyjung.com/Blog/

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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #1

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Printable fabric and resin
24'' (H) x 14'' (W) x 8'' (D)
2020

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Printable fabric and resin
26'' (H) x 13'' (W) x 7'' (D)
2020

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Courtney Griffith is a San Francisco based artist originally from San Diego, California....

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Printable fabric and resin
24'' (H) x 15'' (W) x 8'' (D)
2020

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Joshua Solis is hispanic, born in December 27, 1978, from Santa Maria, CA....

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Printable fabric and resin
28'' (H) x 13'' (W) x 7'' (D)
2020

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Sandra Liu was born in San Diego, California in 1996.…..

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Printable fabric and resin
28'' (H) x 12'' (W) x 4'' (D)
2020

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Joshua Solis is hispanic, born in December 27, 1978, from Santa Maria, CA....

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Printable fabric and resin
15'' (H) x 12'' (W) x 8'' (D)
2021

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Hunter Franks creates ways for people to share introspections…..

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Printable fabric and resin
21'' (H) x 12'' (W) x 6'' (D)
2021

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Sandra Liu was born in San Diego, California in 1996.…..

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Printable fabric and resin
16'' (H) x 16'' (W) x6'' (D)
2021

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Sandra Liu was born in San Diego, California in 1996.…..

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Printable fabric and resin
19'' (H) x 14'' (W) x8'' (D)
2021

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Makiko Harris was born in Breda, The Netherlands.…..

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Printable fabric and resin
19'' (H) x 12'' (W) x10'' (D)
2021

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Printable fabric and resin
20'' (H) x 14'' (W) x7'' (D)
2021

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