Wounded Maps, 65” x 103” surface joined by twelve 17” x 35” cheesecloth panels, 2011
By tracing shadows, rubbing tomb stones and historical marking, combining plants, dirt, and bird drops, rolling over by car wheels and printed over with debris, I intent to record elements that on the one hand are predicable and on the other hand refer to my own subconsciously connected vocabulary, accessed by reacting to the realms of human condition, such as touch, alienation, displacement, violence, figuration, and disappearance. Wounded Map also bears witness to my own epiphany: forgiving Imperial Japan for the atrocities it brought to the Chinese people. The wounded map was created at the same time and so coexists with the death of two talented photojournalists in Libya and the devastation from tornado that set down in Birmingham, Alabama in April, 2011.
*78 million amount of cash, in dollars, recovered from wallets and safes and turned over to authorities following Japan’s March earthquake and tsunami (Time Magazine), You have to respect a nation like this.