From My Family Album (2017) – A Boundary Crossings Installation Piece

Ran Sheng_From My Family Album
Boundary Crossings Exhibition PNCA August 2017. Co-curated/taught by Rose Bond and Birgitta Hosea.

Title: From My Family Album

Date: August 2017

Location: 511 NW Broadway, Portland, USA

Methode: Digital animation, double projection on sculpture

Soundtrack: Appropriated Chinese pop music and American punk music

Size: 6 x 6 x 8 ft.

“A mixed-media memoir generated by childhood memories through the lens of current circumstances. Using the family photo as a carrier, I explore how childhood experiences have affected the development of my personality – what made me who I am?”

From My Family Album is an installation that fuses multiple projections. The main material draws from digitalized family photographs in combination with animation, sculpture, and vintage pop-songs, to create a multi-sensory experience. By using the family photo as a carrier, I want to emphasize the dramatic contrast between my inner struggle and outer appearance, and explore how childhood experiences have affected the development of my personality. This project is not only an opportunity to create an art piece for public exhibition, but also as a chance to reconcile childhood memories. The installation has been designed to evoke universal common emotions for an audience, such as fear, anxiety, yearning, sadness, etc. It encourages people to think about “what made us who we are?” Besides that, the process of developing the piece allows me to get a new perspective on my growing pains and struggles. It has already met the goal in this regard.

The installation has been exhibited in the Shipley/Collins Mediatheque of PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) on August 11, 2017, as part of the PNCA Boundary Crossings public show: Performing Identity. Also has been selected and included in Triumph over Adversity exhibition during October 12~27th, 2017.

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