No-Senses Experiences, Figment Festival, Oakland, CA / 2015
The “No-Senses Experiences” installation invited the public to delve into the five senses through specially designed “portals” during a loud and crowded art event. The pieces provided sensory catalysts to help people answer the question, “How do we experience sensations when we are subjected to, or stripped of, various stimuli?”
On Another Scale, Art in Odd Places, New York, NY / 2012
On a Different Scale was a public space intervention that invited passers-by to engage in a spontaneous game as I drew a meandering walkway along one of the busiest streets in New York City.
Who Lives on Hunnu Street? Ulan-Ude, Russia / 2016-Ongoing
Public art programming which will activate the historical site located in Ulan-Ude, a city in Eastern Siberia, Russia. The vast landscape stretched by the Selenga River used to be a former settlement of Hun or Hunnu people who lived there in the 1st century AD. Several local and outside artists will invite general public to explore physical qualities and metaphorical meanings of this powerful place through participatory art activities.
Lost [Found] Landscapes, Various Locations, New York, NY, 2018-Ongoing
A multimedia series, Lost [Found] Landscapes, documents fragments of urban landscapes through digital drawings, mixed media reliefs, and sculpture. Playing on the contrast between synthetic and organic, these abstractions are my reflections on the urban environment, including the dualities of planned and spontaneous, built and grown, hard and soft, bleak and colorful.
Sculpting Social Landscapes, Side Street Projects, Pasadena, CA / 2014
Earth, plants, rocks, salvaged materials
Vacant lot was transformed into a play space through a series of work parties. It featured a labyrinth, wildflowers patches, green mounds and adobe huts built by the community members of different ages.
Moment of Life: Understanding Andy Goldsworthy’s Philosophy and Process, Subsurface Zine, Pomona, CA / 2011
Essay and Curation of Site-Specific Works
Reflections on the creative process of Andy Goldsworthy through writing and exercises in the nature. In collaboration with Sina Yousefi.
Pretty/Ugly, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY / 2018
Soil, plants, fungi, worms, found objects
The “Pretty/Ugly” installation represented a section of landfill where domestic objects were taken over by weeds, fungi, and worms. The intention was to highlight species either stigmatized or perceived as non-aesthetic despite their essential roles in our ecosystem. It supported an educational public talk on fungi functions.
Mapping a School Yard, Los Angeles, CA / 2013
Conducted a series of mapping exercises with the elementary school students.
Loose Parts: Project for Creative Play and Re-Use, Proposal for LOT, Long Beach, CA / 2014
In collaboration with Frances Kao, offered to create a temporary play station featuring salvaged and surplus materials.
Sensory Garden, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, CA / 2012
Earth, rocks, plants
Portion of the school yard was redesigned as a sensory garden in collaboration with the elementary school students.
Non-Conflict Kitchen, Open Source Gallery, New York, NY / 2017
Two versions of borsht, Russian and Ukrainian, were cooked and served at a Brooklyn gallery pop-up event. I discovered that the ingredients were native to various international locations, highlighting that both recipes were the result of diversity, not cultural or geographic homogeneity. Placemats with the information to this effect were provided to participants.
Softscape vs. Hardscape, Art in Odd Places, Los Angeles, CA / 2012
Burlap, straw bales
Softscape vs. Hardscape was an installation featuring textile-based sculptural objects placed on a paved square in front of public building during a busy event. The objective of the project was to compare and contrast the preferred usage of soft surfaces and hard surfaces.