Past Lives 

This project is a representation of memories and dreams coexisting between reality and non-reality.

There is an interesting concept called a “white night” in literature, which is commonly referenced to as a time of loss / remembrance of a past reality. I wanted to explore this theme within the contexts of dreams due to the inherent similarities, since a white night is essentially what dreams are. It is impossible for us to dream about things we have never remembered.

Thus, the dream itself acts as a vehicle of (self-referential?) coexisting and conflicting realities.

Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated with dreams, memory, and consciences. I have three intense recurring dreams that have haunted me throughout my childhood and adult life, and wrote poems based on these “past lives” in ways that make sense to me in order to reflects this common tension between authenticity and artificiality in dreams.

Degenerative Practices 

For this personal project, I meditated three times a day for a week and wrote out the words of the Prajnaparamita—the Heart Sutra’s final phrase in Mahayana Buddhism. I wrote this phrase over and over again to until it disintegrated into nonsense. For documentation, I collected and distorted them using a scanner. 
I printed these distortions onto transparency paper and stitched them together to create an experience of meditation in itself, then inserted another smaller book with the original writings in the center as tribute to the practice.

Digital Collage

Personal textural explorations