Due to their resemblance to humans, rodents have been one of the most commonly used lab animals for biological research and have contributed tremendously to the development of disease prevention and medical treatment. They bore the injections and surgeries that would otherwise be unethical on human subjects, but left us with the flowers and fruits of eradicated diseases and extended longevity. I wish to address their dedication to human wellfare through this taxidermy piece, although the material I used here was actually a corpse of an squirrel instead of the commonly used lab animals mouse and rats.
A wire scupture symbolizing the rebirth of a phoenix. Australia is often nicknamed "the Phoenix Continent" due to Australian plants' and animals' amazing adaptations to fire, but when the disastrous 2019-20 fire sweeps across the entire continent in an overwhelming way, can the phoenix, unfleshed and unfeathered, come back alive in its charcoal bones?
Desert Ninja (2019)
Animation project that highlights kangaroo rat's outstanding animal behavior in predator evasion. Hand-drawn and hand-painted on animation cels.
A 3D-modeling project followed by prototyping. Combination of wire sculpture, collage, clay, and hand-painting
I view paper crane not just as a craft, but a cultural icon and an intimate object. When I was traveling in Arashiyama, a mountain in west Kyoto, I encountered a Japanese elder who was eager to chat with Chinese people as he was trying to learn the Chinese language. Before we left, he took out a golden paper crane that he folded by himself and gave it to us as a gift, blessing us “梦想成真” (All dreams come true). Together, we hoped for a peaceful relationship between China and Japan.
KPiNaEW BTS (2018)
As the assistant producer and BTS (Behind-the-scene) director, I created this video dedicated to the production of short film "Killing People in New and Exciting Way".
Embroidery Piece (2018)
Year of Pig (2019)
Graphic design project. As an international student, I have not been able to spend time with my family during spring festival since my Freshman year in college. I illustrated my family following the traditional style of Chinese paper-cut arts to celebrate the zodiac year of my mom, the Year of Pig. The pig in the lower right corner has extended ears that allow it to fly, inspired by the Disney animated film, Dumbo.