Proposal for MIT's Stata Center
My attempts right now seem like an adventure.
Before my works were independent entities, but now I find that they
are connected with each other in a way that is hard to explain.
One of the subjects that I am dealing with is mythology. While most people
are interested in mythological symbols, I'm interested in is how the myths'
relate to human beings and how they are constructed.
I think mythology provides us with a cultural construct for which to view nature,
the universe and ourselves. We admire the creativity and imaginary world of
myths, only to then discover that they are also very grounded in the real world.
I believe that myths are stories that are never ending-they are stories we
need, create and re-create, similar to the notion of something that re-occurs,
lapses and re-lapses. This notion is present in the form and construction of
my works--actually, my works embody construction/ deconstruction and order/
Another theme that I am interested in is related to chaos theory. While I was
trying to deal with ideas of order and disorder, chaos became an attractive theme
to me. Chaos theory was a new science in 1970s. Its most important principles
are non-linear dynamic and fractal geometry. These concepts explain how natural
dynamics work and how basic elements (almost magically) built the universe by
simply repeating and repeating small elements--and how sensitive these repetitions
are to, thus, make this versatile world.
In most myths, the universe is said to have begun from chaos. Now we found
the myth of chaos-- reductionism does not seems to completely explain how nature
works, not does reductionism seem to completely control the world as it was.
Yet reductionism was so important that it influenced all the methodology of
Now I wonder, can chaos theory also inspire cultural or aesthetic theory? I have
an assumption that art has been too rational in the late 20 century. I think
art should be as sensitive and creative as nature is. I feel chaos is a keyword
to understanding the secret of mythology. Mythology creates a harmonious world
for humans' minds and the soul of nature.
I'm interested in the secrets of our minds. I seek answers though my working
processes. I'm attracted to the meaningful signs and mysterious symbols in variety
of objects. For me, many objects and myths have the potential to show the future.
I believe human beings attempt harmonious relationships with nature, the universe
and their own lives by creating myths, art, and faiths. In my work, I try to
create a place where people will feel warm, and not empty. I also hope my work
will touch the lives, minds, and desires of my audience.