Oil Fountain Sculpture "Fatal, Fertile"
Size: H45" W28" L28" Year: 2018
Medium: bronze, stainless steel, steel, aluminum, hydraulic oil
This work is driven by a central preoccupation with human sexuality and fertility, with the knowledge that this word leads, inevitably, towards destructions and fatality.
This sculpture reflects the state of flux, with movement of oil across the sacred. When the liquid flows between the bronze shapes, it creates a sensual contrast, showing the power of the human, the driven energy, and the fertility. The flow is the circulating fertile energy of the earth.
To highlight the tensions of my contradictory visual intent, I use the black dyed machine oil with its crude smell and high viscosity. It speaks as a reminder of the industrial history followed by the disruption of nature, and suppression or abuse toward fertility or sexuality.
The Zen garden at the base of the sculpture, when visible, gives the illusion of permanence. The sculpture form has resemblance to both the buddha on lotus leaf and the genital organs. The religions and sexuality can be virtue and essential to our lives, at the same time, they can root in our lives with negative impacts.
Oil Fountain Sculpture "String"
Size: H6' W2' L2' Year: 2016
Medium: Stainless steel, steel, aluminum, hydraulic oil and pigment
"String" is an infinite string of metal in different qualities and forms; transformation of material and size from metal pigments in the liquid to fabricated metal objects. The silver oil flowing through the string of shiny metal balls, and the drops make ripples in the pond underneath. The overall DNA-like shape and the circulation express the infinity changes and uniform . I used the machine oil with its crude smell and high viscosity to highlight the contrasts between the idea of infinity and the destruction of our earth to our society to ourselves.
Oil Fountain Sculpture "Still Life"
Size: H 6' W 2' L 2' Year: 2015
Medium: Welded and formed aluminum, steel base, hydraulic oil and pigment
"Still Life" visualizes a narrative of infinite flowing time between two oval objects that seem to fall apart into opposite directions; however they stay still and only the time is passing through as if we find continuous changes and stillness.
A pole in the middle of two shapes shoots up black liquid from the tip endlessly. The shiny black dyed oil entirely covers the dome and the dish eventually. The machine oil flows freely as if it is immobilizing the two objects in contrast.