March 2020, Vancouver
Material: ceramic clay
Memes are very common over the internet nowadays. They have become a trend and a form of everyday culture which is constantly created and shared by people all over the world. A meme does not have a specific author nor a finished form. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Chase back to the origin of the meme, biologist Richard Dawkin proposes that Ideas, whether arises uniquely or reappears many times, it may thrive in the meme pool or it may gradually vanish. The belief in God is an example Dawkins offers—an ancient idea, replicating itself not just in words but in music and art. The belief that Earth orbits the Sun is no less a meme, competing with others for survival. (Truth may be a helpful quality for a meme, but it is only one among many.)
Connecting to the idea of memes we see on the internet today, they are condiments to the digital conversation, and they open up opportunities to connect different perspectives around the world. Memes, easily created or modified from poor quality images from the internet, are large parts of internet entertainment. It acts as a carrier of loads and loads of metadata and creativity in the digital world. It’s a collective creation born in today’s public space--the internet, and representing the everyday culture of our time. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
My work is using traditional approach of sculpture-making to singularize some popular face memes invented by the internet. This represents a monument for the everyday culture in public space—the internet. Also, because the process of building and sculpting requires a lot of experimentation, it will take so much longer to produce a bust as opposed to the rapidly reproduced meme on the internet. I also want to use this approach to create a juxtaposition of meme culture and art.
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