Standing Stones

This series is inspired by scholar rocks, which have long been admired in China, and a place where I resided for a good period of time. Pitted, hollowed out, and perforated, such rocks, which are often displayed on end, are seen as embodiments of the dynamic transformational processes of nature. Besides these formal qualities, rocks were also admired for their resemblance to fantastical landscapes and even human figures. Through these works, I was seeking to create the sense of a stone portrait. They stand life size to our human form and additionally recall the tale of Medusa, whose head turned men to stone. Beyond the stones are ordinary American landscapes, creating a sense of displacement and giving the stones a unique presence. Layered over the stones are metallic lines depicting Chinese trash, calling into question what it is that we choose to uphold as precious versus what we choose to devalue and throw away.