21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag

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


In this ongoing series "21 Grams- Grocery Bag", I interview and photograph the artists who had left their previous job/professions for being an artist. I intend to create an exhaustive catalog of the faces and untold stories of the middle class, especially those who are battling between having a stable income and pursuing their dreams. This series aims to reflect the internal struggles throughout their transition, life experiences of being artists in our modern era, and the landscape of the human condition in the late capitalism stage. I digitally print the portraits onto pieces of fabric and make photo-sculptures from them. The non-traditional approach of combining digital photography with the softness and mesh-like texture of fabric creates a novel visual language that represents this distorted society and tangled mind.

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 interest.” However, nowadays, people are enslaved by the profit-driven society, consumerism, and the downside of social-economic inequality. Self-interests become a privilege, and this pandemic only makes the discrepancy larger. With this project, I start the dialog and respond to the questions that always haunt me: What pushes us away from pursuing our own dream? What should we sacrifice to live a good life? What makes humanity distorted in this profit-driven society? What causes us to be in pain but, at the same time, being part of the root of our culture? What is the American dream we believe in now? What does this capitalist system become to? What is a good life?

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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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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #2

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

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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #3

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

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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #4

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

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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #5

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

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21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #6

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Printable fabric and resin
6'' (H) x 6'' (W) x 4'' (D)
2020

21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #7

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Printable fabric and resin
6'' (H) x 6'' (W) x 4'' (D)
2020

21 Grams, the Weight of Souls - Grocery bag #8

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Printable fabric and resin
21'' (H) x 12'' (W) x 6'' (D)
2020