Notice-Forest (What Victory Tastes Like). 2012.
Photograph Courtesy of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London.
Notice-Forest (Madison Avenue). Part of set. 2011.
Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Notice-Forest (Burger King). 2007.
[two images] Notice Forest (Breakfast Street). 2006. Three paper bags.
Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Acquired through the generosity of the Donors to the Contemporary Art Fund
Photography courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Photo: Kioku Keizo, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts.
The use of commonplace materials is important for my practice to maintain an everyday association. These objects are understandable on both a micro and macro level. They connect locally and internationally, personally and publicly, and merge political and historical viewpoints. My intention is to remind viewers to slow down from their busy lives and maintain a consideration that little things in the world matter.
In my Notice-Forest
series, a tree stands inside either paper bags or shopping bags. While it seems like the bag is holding the fragile tree inside, the bag actually combines with the tension of the tree to hold the bag up. It is a microcosm of the initial tree’s strength. The trees are “portraits,” with each referencing a specific, existing tree from a photograph.