Mutedasmanner - resting//another love language
using various collected ephemera: aspiringly mediocre collages made during restless isolation (2020), a body scan removed of generational memory, still images accumulated in korea, and recent correspondence between the two artists, the work joins the ongoing production of non-romantic love letters exchanged between and not limited to their partnership.
self citations (2019): to vacillate between wanting and fearing social death. a piece about resting, yearning to be still and mediocre, but afraid of losing access to care from loved ones because your desirability is bound to a notion of inhabiting a perceivably “productive” and “healthy” body. realizing this feeling at its most significant time, in korea on a grant, demanding that this research produces something forward thinking, and yet using this time to be absolutely nothing/ill/enveloped in uncensored grief/a moody bitch/wanting to be alone but in close enough proximity to my support/comfortably respected for my desire to be together but singular.
Mutedasmanner is dually sustained by two archive-centric artists (Sam Yiyao Chao + Jo Cherhee), seeking to hold and repurpose feelings of grief, diasporic intimacy, and the death instinct under a digitally driven, asexual and a-romantic framework of thinking.
…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.