"Rat Fest: an Art Installation"
Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Many people starved to death in the place I lived in 1961. I
survived because a rat offered me his flesh. I am in debt to this Rat. The
title of this show, "The Rat Fest," is a reference to the motive
of this body of work. It is a celebration of sorts of a fundamental struggle
for existence, which requires food for both body and mind. And the possibility
that sometimes we may not get to choose the entrée we might prefer.
This body of work has no beginning and no ending. These works are a moment
to reveal the gestalt of the physical process and layers of thoughts that
go along with it. I feel it is necessary to reveal the process of the making.
This process symbolizes the physical and metaphorical aspects of the work.
My primary visual image is a rice bowl, daily newspapers, both in English
and Chinese and the daily Calligraphy practice on recycled papers. The final
product was established by using layers of visual elements and the manipulation
of materials. Both images and gestures of construction are equally important
to the work.