i am trying to figure out how to describe what i do... mostly i just enjoy working with words and images. at this point, my works have mainly been in the forms of posters, animations, identities for events and organizations; and more recently, websites. i like to embrace the simplicity of HTML and CSS, which i used to build this very website to showcase some of my works. i graduated from ucla dma in spring 2020, and i'm now living somewhere in east los angeles. i will be happy to hear from you.
bio last updated 09.20.2020
projects last updated 10.27.2020
32 poems from monterey park 32首来自蒙特利公园的诗 is a set of 32 poems (16 in english, 16 in chinese) collaged from found text scraped off of buildings, signages, and other city constructions from the google street view of monterey park, a neighborhood in los angeles highly populated by chinese-american immigrants. 8 publications containing these 32 poems were printed at home, hand-bound using the slot-and-tab technique, then anonymously scattered and distributed across various locations throughout the city. together with the website, the resulting collages also function as maps for poetically navigating the neighborhood. these are poems to the city by the city.
new home is a visual and textual reconstruction of xin cuo zhen / 新厝镇, an agricultural and fishing town in the southeastern coastal province of fujian, china. using stock images found through intentionally open-ended keywords such as market, farm, tadpole, etc..., a memory map emerged as this collection of images grew through a trail of content suggestions. accompanying each image is an auto-generated algorithmic caption, which were then compiled in alphabetical order to compose a found poem about this town. the name of this town, xin cuo zhen / 新厝镇, which i lived in from 1998 - 2007, literally means new home town.
domestic is a typeface with eight variations created through the photographing and abstracting of objects and surfaces found in the home space. the domestic family consists of a hose, a surveillance camera, a pair of sandals, a staircase, a set of hangers, a hamper, a window, a stove, and many other things. each variation in the family take its name after an object mirroring one of the eight letters in the word d-o-m-e-s-t-i-c. domestic is a record of life in quarantine that reverts the familiar back to unfamiliar, the boring back to interesting, and the invisible back to visible.
a series of contributions to a chinese internet movement against censorship during the outbreak of COVID-19. outputs include a booklet containing a censored interview; which viewers can download, print, assemble, and preserve at home, accompanied by an instruction manual on how to assemble the booklet, as well as a series of re-constructed images created with the strokes of chinese characters, and a website with information about the project and links for downloads.
a publication that explores the social and public potential of parking lots – a common but often underutilized feature of the modern american landscape. all photographs were taken on a parking lot that used to be a popular drive-in theater, now repurposed as a weekly flea market. the photographs and the resulting publication investigate the physicality of this space and documents the human as well as the material culture within this microcosm. A LOT _________ wants to encourage its viewers/readers to think about the potentials of a parking lot.
identity for a series of career development workshops at UCLA DMA. a dynamic line serves as the basis for all compositions while alluding to a staircase and suggesting notions of movement and mobility.
2018 – 2019
identity for ucla’s school of the arts and architecture’s quarterly celebrations in the 2018 – 2019 school year. taking the circle in the ucla art's logo as a starting point, custom letterforms were created based on a series of circular grids. for the fall gathering, an interactive image filter was also made to process and pixelate images taken at a photo booth. collaboration with photographer hannah madeline.
a text-based immersive projection experience that narrates a quote from the 1994 book children, take your time, by taiwanese writer long ying-tai. the quote reads “孩子将我带回人类的原始起点，在漠漠苍穹和莽莽大地之间，我正在亲身参与那石破惊天的创世纪。” / "my child has taken me back to the origin of human existence, within this vastness between heaven and earth, i am engaging in the earth shattering, heaven battering act of genesis". the author compares a mother's conception and companionship of her child to genesis, and i attempted to narrate this profound sentiment with type in motion.