Say Ah II (Registers) (2021)
102" x 186" x 42"
Cash register receipt paper, color ink on paper, lights, foam, plywood, metal hardware, tape, magnets, paint, glue
My experiences and expressions of comfort, belonging or liberation require lanes or registers of legibility, where legibility is most potently determined by commercial viability and/or amenability to "screenification." These registers shape both the suppression and realization of these emotional states, creating my desire for vindication through full recognition or release of emotions, often through the same registers that suppressed them.
Each strip of register tape here reflects a distinct register offering me some form of deliverance -- one register is my childhood or adolescent diary entries, another Asian Americans in pop culture; my school report cards and degrees, men I've dated, kinds of food I ate when I had an eating disorder, Asian American politicians, and so on, are others. Each register -- from the ostensibly deeply private to the widely public -- creates points of inflection -- transition, conjugation, or criticality -- with others. In the words of Audre Lorde, “Which me will survive all these liberations?”
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