Bridge 1: Artifact of a “True-False” Place

High Above Reality

To represent my distorted reality of Abu Dhabi, I used my broken camera lens as an object as part of my sculpture. I took apart the lens and used the intricate fragments to create an alignment of parts. For the sculpture, I used a focusing ring, reflector lens, focal length indicator ring, and interior zoom ring part. From the side of the sculpture, it is a row of camera parts on thin metal rods aligned. Then from the front view of the sculpture, the four camera parts come together resembling one lens. Looking through the aligned lens’ there is a distorted view of Abu Dhabi at the other side of the sculpture where a slideshow of pictures of my bedroom view plays that represents my past memory of Abu Dhabi. However taking a step back and not looking through the lens, you see a normal, comfortable, and the present of how I view Abu Dhabi. I used white cotton balls to resemble clouds and to show how I am comfortable with the view. As well as how I do not perceive the view as negatively but more positively. The rods represent the stiffness of my fake memory and how it is connected to the distorted reality versus the comfortableness from the cotton. Photography has been a tool that has helped me to take a step back from my life and see things from another perspective. The object that moved into the room with me was my black wide angle and telephoto lens, Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD. I had bought this a year before I moved to Abu Dhabi, and brought it around wherever I went.

REBAG Project


For this project, I used plastic bags that I have collected from Target, Marshalls, CVS, and various other stores that gave me plastic bags. 25% of this project, I had the option to use other materials to transform my reusable bag. I used duck tape inside to hold the bag together, but I wanted to use less of other materials and use mainly plastic bags. I felt like if I tried to cover up the plastic bags with paint or other materials, it would defeat the purpose of using plastic bags.


I was deciding on whether I wanted to create a portfolio bag or tote, and decided on a tote because I thought it was more functional for the future projects for Sustainable Systems.



I used an iron to fuse the plastic bags together, and duct tape to put my bag together.


The plastic bags that I gathered for the REBAG Project, and I cut the top and bottom to have big pieces of plastic.


I placed a piece of brown paper over the plastic bag to fuse three plastic bags into one.


Then with the three layers I fused into one, I made three of them and created one big piece.



For the handles, I fused three strips of the Hangaram plastic bag. I had a hard time keeping the strips together straight, so after i finished fusing them together I used scissors to make them even.


I then folded the fused plastic bags in half to create the seams for the bag, and I used duct tape to put it together. I accidentally cut the size of the bag too small, so I attached extra pieces to the bag.


With the strips of plastic I made handles with, I fused them onto the bag to make straps for the tote bag.


Governor’s Island Art Fair

Samuel Greene, manifestation of paper caves (Governor’s Island), 2018

This cave is made out of pages from used books and addresses a sustainable art practice because she works with large-scale installations that inspired from nature. I was mesmerised by the shape, forms, and intricate details of the rolled cones of paper, and as well as the set up of the piece that resembles a cave. When I stepped into the paper cave, I felt like I was in a fantasy. This installation is made up of different books that have various ages because the colour of the pages in the paper cave varies.

Andrew James Sapala, Aubrey, 2018

When I first stepped into the house and saw this sculpture, I was a bit shocked and creeped out. I had chills through out my body for some reason. Looking at this sculpture made me feel uneasy. This is a sculpture that is made out of wood, hair, scraps, cords, hardware, tools, and photographs. With those materials, Sapala arranged a art piece that I believe was to represent a girl name Aubrey. He used materials that were not new, but what he found.

Sirens, Etty Yaniv, 2018

Sirens is an indoor installation which is inspired by a Haruki Murakami short story that portrays a Tsunami, memory, and trauma. This sculpture is made up of recycled plastic and paper. The artist challenges the ideas of what real and the imagined, and the organic and artificial. My first impression I had of this piece was that is was for sure a sustainable art piece because it conveyed a message for me personally that it was overwhelming and how the tsunami is violent and distorted. When I first saw this piece, I recognised it as a tsunami because of the intricate details that appear to be waves.


Hayoung Lee, Strata Series

These group of objects were displayed outside on one of the houses along the art fair, and at first I thought they were just a group of chairs from afar. Once I stepped in closer, I could see that these objects were created by  grouping objects into a 3D shape. This sculpture is an accumulation of everyday materials that were part of a person’s past. Each object contain layers of various materials that were collected from a surrounding environment. Clothes, studio disposal, and kitchen materials were used to create usable furniture. This is a sustainable art because the artist does not use new objects, but everyday and used objects to incorporate in her sculptures.

Self-Portrait Wire Sculpture “Dandelion”

When I first heard the assignment was a self-cultural portrait, there were a million things crossing in my mind. I could not set my mind on one idea because I am from multiple cultural backgrounds because of my constant traveling throughout my childhood and teen years. Something that has been close to my heart is the dandelion. The dandelion is a symbol of courage, pride, and family. Which all those three are very important to me. I constantly needed an immense amount of courage in order to move around to the places I’ve lived (Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Shanghai, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi). I am a person with immense pride, but who covers it well. Last but not least, my family has always been a part of my moves. My personal meaning behind this dandelion piece is that it represents my simple and yet complicated life. The braided dandelion seeds represent the intricate and complex parts of my present. The simplified fallen dandelion seeds represent my past memories of life that are not that do not impact me anymore. This dandelion is a self-cultural portrait of my spontaneous life.


These were the three types of wire that I used for the “Dandelion” sculpture.

9ft Galvanised Braided Hanging Wire, 18 Gauge Aluminum Wire, 20 Gauge Galvanised Wire

The tools that I used for this project was wire cutters and pliers.

This is a rough sketch of what I had in mind for my dandelion sculpture.


This is the first attempt that I tried making the core of the dandelion spherical. However, creating a sphere our of wire using 18 Gauge Galvanised wire made me realised the difficulty and need of technical skill. (as it was the first time I used wire).



Constantly struggling with trial and error, I managed to find a way to create the core of the dandelion. I first rolled the wire into a small ball, and after that wrapped the wire around until it was the size I wanted. I made the stem by combining 5 pieces of 18 Gauge Galvanised wire and twisted them together. Then I inserted the wire stem into the core to piece it together.


I cut the Galvanised braided wire so that each seed was around 2 1/2 inches long and ended up with  30 pieces. I used the pliers to loosen the braided wire and pull one wire down one by one to resemble the top of the dandelion seed.

With all the wire seeds I made, I fixed them individually into the core of the dandelion.


This is the final product of my self-cultural wire portrait.


100 Images Recollection: Memories of Abu Dhabi

  • Being in my room made me realize my past memories
  • The cities I’ve lived previously felt as if the city was faster than my thoughts. Then living in Abu Dhabi, my thoughts were faster than the city and I had a lot of time to think.
  • Thinking in my bedroom in Abu Dhabi made me realize how my thoughts and actions were so fake in Seoul.
  • The bedroom is such a fake place to me because it is a place where people stay to feel comfort but when I first moved into my apartment on the 49h floor of abu dhabi the large room felt abnormally bigger, I felt paranoid and lonely while laying on the bed
  • Nothing about living in Abu Dhabi felt real and genuine.
  • I found these images on my phone and some on the internet.
  • People perceive living on the 49th floor of Etihad Towers as a luxury, mellow, exquisite lifestyle, yet everything is fabricated.