sumi ink, acrylic paint, graphite on paper, variable dimentions, 2018
Earlier this year, I launched Sound Words, an ink-painting series that encompasses the same theme as Skyscape to explore the “mind landscape” of my personal and cultural concerns about immigration. However, my new works focus more on ink tonality, line quality, calligraphy, mark-making, and Asian iconography, and include English words expressing sounds, noises, and interjections. I am interested in the fact that most English words and interjections do not correspond to my emotional codes derived from my origin. The English “sound words” I often use for communication do not arise from my intuitive feeling but are an educated response. Sound Words is a visual archive of direct observation, written symbols of daily events, and everyday experiences in my immigrant life.