Eraser Works, 2016 

In Eraser Works, I made a series of reenactments, to understand my ancestors' gesture of withholding family history; of intentionally erasing their past. Fortunately, they couldn't accomplish a complete erasure, and small

fragments of memory remain, that I try to make sense through my photographic practice. To translate such

gestures of a conspiracy of silence, of removing the past, I decided to visually translate their acts of erasure, by physically erasing their family photographs. Through such work, I gained significant insight into my family silence. űFirst of all, keeping silent is an on-going emotional and mental work; sharing is more instinctual to us.

 

Similarly, the material has resistance. I couldn't remove the deep blacks within the print; as much as the surface I

erased retained its presence through small rubber shreds.

As insufficient marks of memory fragments, they are part

of the full story; consequently, I decided to place them

back on the photographic surface. 

The images on kraft paper represent my maternal line, referencing the material use of RecipeBook.

The images on lustre paper represent my paternal line.

Furthermore, there is an order that creates a gradient of comprehensibility. 

M1

M1

Dimensions: 150x135x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed kraft paper

M2

M2

Dimensions: 150x95x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed kraft paper

M3

M3

Dimensions: 150x200x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed kraft paper

M4

M4

Dimensions: 215x150x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed kraft paper

P1

P1

Dimensions: 200x120x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P2

P2

Dimensions: 100x150x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P3

P3

Dimensions: 145x200x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P4

P4

Dimensions: 200x120x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P5

P5

Dimensions: 60x80x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P6

P6

Dimensions: 200x140x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P7

P7

Dimensions: 200x120x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P8

P8

Dimensions: 80x140x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P9

P9

Dimensions: 90x150x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P10

P10

Dimensions: 80x13x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P11

P11

Dimensions: 130x200x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P12

P12

Dimensions: 80x130x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P13

P13

Dimensions: 90x130x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

P14

P14

Dimensions: 140x200x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed

S1

S1

Dimensions: 150x90x2mm Eraser dust on plexy

S2

S2

Dimensions: 135x80x2mm Eraser dust on plexy

Eraser Works in Drawer 1

Eraser Works in Drawer 1

Installation view

Installation view

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P10

Dimensions: 80x13x2mm mounted on plexy, eraser dust fixed on ink jet printed