As installed in C2 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Consuming the entire room, the installation calls attention to the rapid expansion of the modern Chinese city.
The video monitor presents a looped series of tilted trees with one pine tree fully uprooted. This symbolizes how humans have distanced themselves from their natural heritage, creating an unstable world.
All the elements in the exhibit were purchased from Chinese families who were evicted by the government and were forced to live in new surroundings, which violated their heritage and traditions.
The grass in the gallery sprouted naturally, even though it lacked soil.
A plastic closet, placed on the gallery floor, houses a single living fish. The only method of viewing is peeking through tiny holes in the plastic.
Through each hole, the spectator views a different distorted picture of the fish’s environment. Again reinforcing a remote point of view of humans from their natural habitat.
Hanging throughout the gallery, the plastic covers are a reminder of a house whose resident has just moved out. The curtain-like plastic sheets are a symbol of loss and separation.
The porcelain bricks represent the fragile nature of old Chinese tradition. Porcelain is the most prevalent form/medium of Chinese craftsmanship.