Observing a world spiraling into chaos and division, I asked myself how I could contribute to uniting and empowering people. My initial step involved transforming my guest room in Los Angeles into a refuge for young, talented, and financially constrained songwriters, producers, and artists. Their stay, free of charge, aimed at facilitating deal closures, networking, and self-discovery. Notably, one of them clinched five Grammy nominations last year, solidifying the unexpected positive impact.
Fridayys’ first and sold out concert in Los Angeles
This success prompted me to expand my artistic pursuits, introducing a new dimension that urged collective reflection. The objective was to uncover our shared bonds and highlight our collective existence on this tiny rock in the vast universe. It’s a reminder that beneath our apparent differences, we share more common ground than societal narratives suggest.
Spanning a nine-year journey, my concept evolved from the sorrow of losing a cherished stepmother to the realization of constructing this poignant installation. It was a tumultuous personal odyssey, driven by a desire to offer a unique communal experience to diverse communities. My aspiration is that visitors will find comfort in sharing their existential narratives.
The Last Breath – Model for the installation
“The Last Breath,” is an exploration of the final exhale before departure. During my research, a conversation with a friend, once a resident of an impoverished area of Houston, left a lasting impression. He revealed that pondering mortality was a luxury alien to many in his neighborhood. Yet, upon hearing the haiku poems selected for the project, he expressed, “It’s the first time I understand what poetry means.” This revelation underscored the diverse ways my project could resonate with people’s hearts.
Haiku death poem: Yosa Buson. *the butterfly is a symbol of transformation from life to death
Looking ahead, my goal is to create a modular indoor exhibition, adaptable to different locations and their distinct communities—a platform for shared experiences and collective understanding.
To kickstart the funding of the installation, I am creating an Artist Book. This book consists of a sculpture and four haikus, complemented by visuals neatly packed in a box. The box can be detached and transformed into the tangible “book.” Keep an eye out for its feature in my upcoming newsletter in January and its showcase at Codex in February 2024.
In the meantime, I wish you all a joyful holiday season and a wonderful New Year.