Boy and Moonlight is a collection of bodies of work that express my personal gay experience.
Mixed media installation with artist’s book, bedsheets, thread, acrylic paint, and letter foil
12′ x 12′ installation
Mixed media, artist’s book, hand-dyed underwear with letter foil in shadow boxes
12″ x 12″ x 2″ (each)
Mixed media, artist’s book, handmade paper made from boyfriend’s clothes, thread, and letter foil
13″ x 9″ x 3″
Boy and Moonlight explore sexuality, consciousness, and relationships with others and within the self.
This collection of books is made of intimate materials from my bedroom to express my desire and struggle for love as a Chinese gay man. Pillowtalk is a traditionally bound book made with handmade paper that includes pieces of clothes from my boyfriends and found texts from love novels to explore my internal thoughts and longings. Underaware is a mixed-media series of shadowbox “pages” that enclose pairs of men’s underwear. By arranging and displaying the underwear in meaningful positions, the gestures convey the complexities of that particular relationship and how it has shaped my demand, understanding, and perspective of love. Bedsheets are the most intimate objects we interact with as they contain comforts, physical evidence of identity, and many personal late-night thoughts. Through the use of hand-dyed bedsheets in Overnight, I create a book with pages as a physical maze of bedsheets hanging from the space. The viewers are invited to walk through the book with a sense of “hide and seek” which implies my personal feelings as an LGBTQ+ member.
In Boy and Moonlight, I want to create an interactive “bedroom” that provides an atmosphere of intimacy, sensitivity, and closeness for viewers to connect to the importance of loving the self.