In 2015, I began translating, with limited knowledge of the language, a novel that my father wrote in his native Japanese. Far from a traditional work of translation, my flawed approximation only exists as a collection of annotations.
lost in translation 5, 2015, pencil on pigment print, 17x22.
lost in translation 5, detail, 2015, pencil on pigment print, 17x22.
lost in translation, chapter 4, detail, 2016, pencil, colored pencil and collage on paper, 30x44.
lost in translation 86, 2016, pencil, colored pencil and collage, 10x13.
lost in translation 85, 2016, pencil, colored pencil and collage, 10x13.
lost in translation 136, 2017, pencil, colored pencil and collage, 10x13.
This series of photographs capture parts of a now-crumbling photo album that my father brought to the US with him when he immigrated in 1973. I have always been drawn to this photo album – both for the promise of information it holds and the gaps of information that the missing images suggest.
Bodies in Space
In this series of photographs, each participant was positioned in space so that the top of his/her head met the same horizontal line, regardless of the individual's physical height.
Tom's Auto, Elkins Park, 2006
Untitled (stagger), 2014-2016
Cajun King Buffet, New Orleans, 2016
Crosstown Brewery, Memphis, 2018
Each of these installations contain an architectural element (a wall, column, door) that can be pushed, pulled, rotated or collapsed so that the given spaces can be physically reshaped by the viewer.
Expandable Room, 2009, mixed media interactive installation, installation dimensions variable.
Untitled (columns), 2010, mixed media interactive installation, columns: 18x24x96" each.