2018, Embroidery using artist’s own hair on handmade Japanese paper, museum board, transfer print for colophon, Size: 85” x 5” x 3” (open size), 3” x 5” x 0.5” (closed), edition size: 20 +1 A.P.
Colophon of this book: “I feel estranged by myself being disgusted by my own hairs on the floor. Once, they were precious as part of me. But once they are shed, I alienate them and even hate them. So, I decide to collect my hairs that I lose as my way of embracing both of the feelings toward myself— the obsession and contempt.”
Shed hair is no longer physically part of me, but it still contains information (Genetic, protein, etc.) that are specifically myself. The only difference is in the loss of physical connection. This piece questions how this common thinking reflects how people relate/connect to each other. As a person who always feels living in between two cultures feeling forever outsider in either place, this thought also reflects how immigrants are often separated from their families, so that emotional connection is weakened or even lost over time and the people become more isolated from their homeland that way.