The following works - Boat, Paper Cup and Camellia - belong to a newer series entitled Mountains and Valleys. The term “Mountains and Valleys” not only refers to topographic descriptions of landscape, but also to two of the simplest folds within the art of origami - “mountain” folds and “valley” folds. Mountains and Valleys explores the idea that we move through a mysterious world without ever fully knowing its true shape.

 
   BOAT    2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

BOAT  2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
   BOAT (detail)    2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

BOAT (detail)  2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
 
 
   PAPER CUP    2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

PAPER CUP  2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
   PAPER CUP     (detail)   2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

PAPER CUP (detail) 2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
 
 
   CAMELLIA    2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

CAMELLIA  2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
   CAMELLIA (detail)   2015 H60, W60 cm Pencil, polycarbonate

CAMELLIA (detail) 2015
H60, W60 cm
Pencil, polycarbonate

 
 
 

For the works I call Unfolding Cosmos, I recreate the folding patterns of 25 classic origami shapes - animals, flowers, objects, etc, and then integrate them into a seamless whole. The result is a terrain of lines where boundaries blur and one existence connects with another.

 
   UNFOLDING COSMOS    2015 H200, W200, D1 cm Polycarbonate

UNFOLDING COSMOS  2015
H200, W200, D1 cm
Polycarbonate

 
   UNFOLDING COSMOS (detail)   2015 H200, W200, D1 cm Polycarbonate

UNFOLDING COSMOS (detail) 2015
H200, W200, D1 cm
Polycarbonate

 
 
 

This piece, entitled Sunny Days and Starry Nights, consists of flags from every country in the world - which existed at the time of creating the work in 2005 - sewn together geographically. The celestial symbols of the flags remain highlighted in the foreground while the other designs within the flags have been darkened to recede into the background. The result is an interplay of the symbols of our temporary bordered world set against the eternal boundless cosmos.

 
   SUNNY DAYS AND STARRY NIGHTS    2005 H700, W700 cm Cotton, rubber sheet

SUNNY DAYS AND STARRY NIGHTS  2005
H700, W700 cm
Cotton, rubber sheet

 
   SUNNY DAYS AND STARRY NIGHTS (detail)    2005 H700, W700 cm Cotton, rubber sheet

SUNNY DAYS AND STARRY NIGHTS (detail)  2005
H700, W700 cm
Cotton, rubber sheet

 
 
 

For this temporary installation, I hand cut and dyed each petal to bring a splash of warmth and color into this otherwise austere environment.

 
   SAKURA (detail)    2007 H450, W150 cm Pigmented paper on glass Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK

SAKURA (detail)  2007
H450, W150 cm
Pigmented paper on glass
Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK

 
   SAKURA    2007 H450, W150 cm Pigmented paper on glass Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK

SAKURA  2007
H450, W150 cm
Pigmented paper on glass
Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK

 
   SAKURA    2007 H450, W150 cm Pigmented paper on glass Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK

SAKURA  2007
H450, W150 cm
Pigmented paper on glass
Temporary installation at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh UK