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cut.sharp 2004

     Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning.                    - Allen Watts 

 

Fuzzy Theory     mixed media, 20.50” x 78.75”

prae + judicium      mixed media, 18.5” x 108”

                            

learned culture  mixed media, 32.75” x 36.25”                       colere    acrylic on balsamic birch, 24” x 34”

                                       

      white lotus  mixed media, 24.25” x 40”                            conscience     acrylic on balsamic birch, 18 ” x 40 ”

 

“Cuts · Sharp is intended to show the subtle prejudice among us.  
In order to change these preconceived notions in us, we all need
to allow our conscience to learn, and reevaluate ourselves constantly.”

“Cut . Sharp”, a visual and video presentation at Athena Showroom. A sixteen month project involved twelve participants.
“Cut . Sharp” is a metaphor to reflect the irony and dichotomy of individual judgment. We receive education through our culture, formal schooling, religion exposure and the media. This learn knowledge affects our judgment and perception. How we transfer our perception into action has created a habit that affect others. Bias is a learn habit that cuts sharp and deeply.

This project focus on finding ways to bring about awareness of different social topics, such as race and religion. My objective is to encourage the viewer to challenge their own belief system. With so much disparity among people, and yet so many similarities, we humans never cease from stirring up more conflicts and prejudice. In our society, where the culture is closely tied to the history and concept of race and religion, people tend to adhere to the beliefs of their own group. The way cultural bias occurs is that people of a culture tend to make assumptions about conventions, including conventions of language, notation, proof, and evidence. They can then mistake these notions for laws of logic or nature. I strongly believe bias is a learned habit and constantly question the weight of existing cultural and religious values that shape us. My way of approaching this project is to offer it as a tool to depart people from their sense of norms, and to encourage them to seek answers through self evaluation.                                                                           

This project is funded by Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Portland Oregon.   

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