Land of Plenty
Mixed Media, 10" by 10"
I decided to approach my examination of this cultural detachment from two perspectives: as an immigrant and as an artist. As an immigrant, I grew up in a culture where citizens were personally invested in growing the food they ate or making the clothes they wore. As a studio artist, I find great inspiration and satisfaction in creating expressive, abstract work.
I chose to work in embroidery because it is an activity that is especially common in my previous country, the Philippines. I wanted to make a piece that would show a vision of hope by treating a highly disposable consumer product--a "Bounty" brand paper towel--as if it were a valuable object, thereby giving this piece the same status as that of a valuable heirloom.
On the other hand, there is also an obvious element of absurdity in using two nearly worthless materials--human hair and a disposable paper towel--to create a work of art. I hope that this absurdity reflects what I feel are the troubling, often absurd contradictions that make up the ideals of wealth and economic promise that make up this Land of Plenty.