"Resonance” is a personal art project to reflect on how communication over a long-distance has influenced the artist's relationship with her mother, who lives thousands of miles away in China.
The piece reflects on the lack of emotional resonance and alienation produced by digital communication, as well as the artist's yearning to connect more deeply with her mother through long periods of separation.
" Sculpturally, I represent myself in four different moods. These moods become the screens on which my mother’s face videos are projected. The content for the projections comes from my video chats in recent months. I replay the video chat and identify the moments when I ignored my mother and times when her face presented a strong emotion, which I ignored during the actual conversation."
" The video projections emphasize my mother’s feelings that were neither noticed nor addressed in real-time. I focus on her detailed, realistic reactions, the wrinkles around the eyes, the furrowed brow, and when she inadvertently avoids my eye contact. These details project onto my static, cold stone-faced sculptures and are complemented with a staticky audio file. The experience is meant to create both a sense of the mother and daughter bond and its alienation via digital communication."
This piece questions how digital communication is shaping modern relationships, with others and ourselves.
The artist uses her own story to indicate how the social network is redefining human connection and asks why people feel more disconnected with all these instant, convenient, online applications.
The goal is to create empathy and inspire viewers to consider communication technology, critically reflecting on how much of human expression and meaning we miss when trying to connect through screens.