THE BEND is inspired by the temporary structures built by residents in Beijing where neighborhoods underwent constant demolition and relocation of communities. These structures include make-shift stands, small ‘impromptu’ gardens, and improvised spaces. My installation pays tribute to the enduring human spirit found in these everyday creative acts.
I drew upon centuries-old Asian garden design for my sculptures and installation. However, in my garden hacks, rock and bamboo coexist with chunks of asphalt, concrete, and other industrial materials of construction. Sealed containers of red chili peppers and fermented vegetables connect with transformative potential.