Documenting found objects on the streets using cellphone camera, to me, became the reality of art making in 2009, when I discovered my new cellphone camera was technically capable of capturing closeup images. As a mother of a young child, finding artistic motivation and possible time on the streets was definitely essential. Also, as a long term freelance teaching artist, traveling all over NYC was day to day necessity. This offered me both motivation(keeping my art alive) and opportunity(my daily travels all over the five boroughs).
Art is personal space that allows myself to be myself without being trapped in a socially expected role, being a “good” citizen, mother, teacher, wife etc. I observe life and find my way of appropriateness to reflect it into a form of art. I consider “public participation” is imperative in my work that could possibly ravage predetermination and gives a reality to the artificial nature of the work I create.
GumHeart is one of the subjects that I have focused on for years. Lying with remnants of slimy saliva, no one wants to touch them. GumHearts are unknowingly created when stepped on by strangers. They seem out of control as their shape and color changes with the weather and time. I couldn’t ignore this piece of urban nature.