Research / Design

Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb, made in the Spring of 2017 for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s ArtBash Exhibition, is composed of one giant, but lightweight, muslin abstract form, hung in a wooden frame, from which approximately fifty small soft sculptures were suspended.

Audience members were asked to write a short statement in exchange for one of these soft sculptures thus replacing their chosen sculpture with a completed set of questions surrounding memory and placement on a piece of paper.

The goal was not only to receive a large amount of personal data detailing the reasons why an audience member should take the object, but also to consider the ideas surrounding displacement, sacrifice, and exchange value, through this introspective, participatory piece.

What are people willing to give up for comfort? What is a home? And what will it take for you to take something from where it rightfully began? As a child of immigrants, I have been considering these ideas for my entire existence and I used this soft sculpture not just as a comfort object but as an avenue to discuss the immigrant experience, the feeling of not having a place to truly call home, and the things we will do to get what we so long for.

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles