Dust in the Wind
Site-Specific Sculpture, Slides Installation
The title "Dust in the Wind" is stolen from the English title of Taiwanese film "戀戀風塵", directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien. It is a site-specific sculpture, photo documented on Elephant Hill located in El Sereno, Los Angeles. Elephant Hill has been under constantly changing authority in the past years despite efforts to keep it ownerless.
The white flag can be seen as both a sign of surrender and also of a 'no man's land'. The images of the flag are played frame by frame on the slide projector, as it is flying or dragging in the wind against the silhouette of the hill.
As an immigrant in the U.S., my legal identity has changed 3 times within the past 5 years. I feel imprisoned by my legal status. The flag serves as a symbol of my emotional attachment to El Sereno, the place I’ve come to consider my home in Los Angeles. The silhouetted land in the image, by contrast, seen in a repeated loop of sequential imagery, could easily stand in for anywhere else in this planet. For me, it could be my homeland- Taiwan or any other land between here and there.
The text between the images consists of the original English subtitle from the film: Dust in the Wind. In a way, my emotional state of mind as an immigrant is itself a perpetually incomplete translation. It is always a state of being in between, sometimes flying high, sometimes dragging low.