Knit Murals

Going Cascade

I feel that the neck­breaking pace of South Lake Union's transformation is something we could only see few times in our lifetime. The US census suggests that the population growth of the city of Seattle is the fastest among other major cities in the nation.

Toward the end of the 19th century, many people moved into the neighborhood, know as and still is called Cascade, in search of jobs. Obviously the type of available opportunity has shifted significantly from those related to the light­industry to current boom in the tech­industry, as well as medical research institutions.

My Storefront Project installation is a mural scale map of the US. The pattern on the map expresses the energy of the people moving into the Pacific Northwest. There are about 150 pieces of hand­knit square fabrics. Each measures either 16” by 16” or 8” by 8”. One stitch on the small square fabric may seem insignificant. But when they gather together in mass number, something bigger emerges and delivers a strong message.

I embrace and am excited by the booming energy of the region. However a lingering melancholy of the disappearing Cascade is always in my mind.

Going Cascade, 2014
Materials: Hand-knit Yarn Fabric and Nails
Size: approximately 9’ by 21’
Located: On Mercer and Terry, Seattle, WA, 98102

Tower of US

The installation, Tower of US is created with 99 colored knitted squares and 1 grey square knit piece.
It is my tribute to the movement of "Occupy Wall Street". The number 99 symbolizes the slogan "We're 99%." I am fascinated with how a new kind of political activism has developed through the movement. I believe that it is through the accumulation of small squares forming a larger composition that my artwork communicates that we are all a part of the same vibrant and tumultuous global movement.

Knitting has opened new avenues in my creative process. It drastically altered my perception of art-making. Instead of my past understanding of the art studio as a sort of isolated Lab, I now think and see my ideas about art fusing with everyday life. In other words, it is possible for me to interject my various beliefs (i.e. political, environmental, spiritual, etc.) into my works. 

Upon the completion of the show, the knit-squares will be bundled up, continuing its nomadic existence. I will carry on making more squares, perhaps in different colors and/or patterns, while seeking the next opportunity to configure them into different installation communicating a current social issue of the moment.

Bellevue Arts Museum, High Fiber Diet
Tower of US, 2012 Hand-knit wool and acrylic yarn 240" x 210" (spanning 2 walls)
100, 16 inch by 16 inch knit squares

Maker Leisure Pleasure Seeker

My intention behind the exhibition is to inquire the pertinence of things I make everyday in my studio and living room. Seeking for a place in the ambiguous territory between leisure and work, I aim to create artworks that evoke pleasure in the viewers’ mind’s eye.

BackSpace, Peoria, IL, Maker Leisure Pleasure Seeker
Judge, President, and the Yak, 2013 Hand-knit wool and acrylic yarn 96" x 288"
100, 16 inch by 16 inch knit squares

Sum of It

Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA,
Sum of It, 2015 Hand-knit wool and acrylic yarn,
100, 16 inch by 16 inch knit squares