Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “people do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character”. Far away in the east, ancient Buddhism echos his quote: “one’s reality is a reflection of what that person believes and the world is a mirror”. Our subjection can deceive us; it leads to misapprehension, miscommunication, isolation, and confrontation. However, when we can consciously see and analyze our subjectivity, we will be awakened to apprehend, communicate, and love.
My work explores the idea of self-reflection. By capturing states of my own mind and interpreting them as physically existing objects in a real-world, my art allows me to step back and reflect on my own experience, like seeing myself in the mirror. Meanwhile, I hope my work can inspire the sensibility of each viewer, enlighten their inner selves so they may discover new perspectives of their lives.
“We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?”, Gogo asked Didi. “Yes, yes,! we're magicians." Didi replied.
My work was inspired by the existentialist play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. In the show, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) are waiting for a third person, Godot, to arrive, but Godot never came. The show questions the reason for human existence on the earth and suggests that life itself has no meaning and is full of suffering. Meanwhile, another existentialism writer Jean-Paul Sartre wrote in his book Nausea, “...life begins on the other side of despair.”
This One-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry collection, is inspired by the captivating English fairytale "Jack and the Beanstalk", a story about Jack, a poor country boy, who trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans, which grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching up into the clouds. In many cultures, the bean is regarded as a symbol of life. It carries unlimited possibilities.