Several years ago, I began translating, with limited knowledge of the language, a 278-page novel that my father wrote in Japanese. Unlike a traditional work of translation, my amateur attempt, which took nearly three years to complete, only exists as a collection of annotations, spread across over two hundred works on paper.
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.
When my father immigrated to the US in 1973, he came with a single photo album containing black and white photos that charted his adolescence. 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
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.