I personally believe, 2017

'I personally believe' consists of ten sculptures cast using paper sourced from unique kinds of Strathmore pads (watercolor, pastel, charcoal, Bristol....). The volume of paper in each pad also determined the size of each sculpture. Presented atop slim pedestals, the sculptures together resemble a beauty pageant lineup; indeed, they are representative of ten competing artwork ideas for a commission for an exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong, titled 'In Search of Miss Ruthless,' based on TVB's annual Miss Hong Kong pageant.

Covers of the Strathmore pads used to make each sculpture hang below the sculptures in frames tinted the same whites, off whites, and greys as the paper itself.

Accompanying the work is an audio guide, which was also performed live on July 2, 2017, at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong. The guide consists of each sculpture making a case in English and Cantonese for why they should be the winning artwork. [Full transcript and details below.]

From left to right:

SPINNING DRESS
‘I personally believe that freedom to dress can be a way for us humans to express solidarity with diverse cultures and in terms of how we want to telegraph how we feel about ourselves, and that all women and men everywhere should have the freedom to wear the clothing that expresses their inner self.’
Sculpture: Bristol pad, methyl cellulose; 5-5/8h x 5-5/16 x 5-5/16 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

PLAN OF PARA SITE
'I personally believe that an architectural model accords us the freedom to be aware of the rooms that we are in, like the classroom of children is something that we should support because education is for everyone no matter whether you are Iraqi or from our great nation and regardless of what race you might be, because even if you don’t have a room, creating your own plan and being able to see yourself in it is our greatest strength.'
Sculpture: Cold press watercolor pad, methyl cellulose; 1-7/8h x 10-9/16 x 5 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

TEARDROP
‘I personally believe that emotions are what propel humans forward and that being able to shed teardrops, for instance in sadness or joy, reminds us that we are all human beings and, in my opinion, naturally want to express and share together.’
Sculpture: Toned gray sketch pad, methyl cellulose; 3-3/4h x 3-3/4 x 7-13/16 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

STACKED ROCKS
'I personally believe…the stillness inherent in rocks…teaches us all…about patience.'
Sculpture: Lightweight printmaking paper, methyl cellulose; 6-7/16h x 4-1/8 x 4-1/8 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

BANK OF CHINA BUILDING
‘I personally believe that great architecture expresses the ingenuity of human beings and that our great cities on this earth show the wondrous civilization that we, all of us as humans, have arrived at and that architects, for instance, like I.M. Pei, can be models for all young children.’
Sculpture: Fine tooth surface sketch pad, methyl cellulose; 12-1/2h x 2-1/16 x 2-1/16 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

ERMINE HEAD
‘I personally believe that animals like ermines inspire humans around the globe to be majestic, and that animal rights make our shared world a better place so that we can live harmoniously.’
Sculpture: Recycled medium surface drawing pad, methyl cellulose; 5-1/4h x 3-1/8 x 4 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

PRINCESS DIANA
‘I personally believe that Princess Diana exemplifies being a strong woman in the face of great adversity and that in this case her tragic death and whatnot is transformed into an inspiration for us all to be charitable, and has brought everyone together.’
Sculpture: Pastel pad, methyl cellulose; 6-1/16h x 1-38 x 12 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

SPHERE
‘I personally believe that the earth is a sphere and that we should love and protect her, and no matter what language or what great nation you are from, we are all the same distance from the center of the earth.’
Sculpture: Heavy weight cold press watercolor pad, methyl cellulose; 4-1/4 in. diameter
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

CROWD
'I personally believe that together as a crowd we can do so much more than working alone, and for instance, the Internet is something that has been worked on by many, and this is a shared resource that will affect our children, and all the children that go on after them, and, therefore, as a whole, we are stronger.'
Sculpture: 32 lb. newsprint pad, methyl cellulose; 10h x 5 x 5 in.
Framed work: Strathmore newsprint cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.

BLIND DRAWINGS
‘I personally believe that for those of us that may or may not have sight they are as talented and able as everyone and in fact that everyone, for instance the great artists from Leonardo da Vinci to even more contemporary ones, has a unique way of seeing inner beauty, and each of these unique ways brings so much wonderful perspectives to the world.’
Sculpture: Charcoal pad, methyl cellulose; 10-3/8h x 4 x 5 in.
Framed work: Strathmore cover page, vellum; 18h x 15 in.
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