The Spratly Fatigue
Juried group exhibition entitled Looking Both Ways, University Gallery
Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
An Installation for an exhibition coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Using the disputed territories of the Spratly Islands as a point of departure, the project highlights the interdependence that both large and small countries must observe in this age of economic, political, and military entanglement. The military uniform’s camouflage pattern is constructed from satellite views of the islands. The fatigue, which incidentally is not all that different than typical fishing gear, hinges the specific characters of the Spratly Islands as both fisheries and military outposts.
The paper military fatigue is tethered in the ‘prone position,’ with red monofilaments reeled from the fishing rod on one hand and an AK-47 on the other. A red laser from the AK-47 aims directly at the gallery entrance, intended to incite discomfort to parallel the unpredictable tension as each country in this region points their guns toward each other. This is the 3rd of the series of folded paper clothing production.