PINEAPPLE GIRL SERIES
3 SEASONS & DEPARTING TIDE
3 Seasons & Departing Tide video stills
2 Channel Video: 3:39 min.
This three channel video speaks to the Asian Pacific Islander experience of navigating assimilation and the displacment from home. It uses the icon of the pineapple as a symbol of colonization, foreign versus belonging. It is a statement on the painful history the United States has with the sovereign land of Hawaii. Instead of welcoming the viewer the subject uncomfortably endures the position of waiting and maintaining a space throughout the changing landscape. In Departing Tide, the waves move away from the shore. This work shows the endurance of sustaining against oppression and past histories.
Pineapple Girl lives in a mirror of a place of otherness as described by philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault in his essay Of Other Space:
“The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror…it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I Iook at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there ” .
The character is isolated and separated within landscapes that are both familiar and foreign simultaneously. She is a reflection of my multicultural background and how that experience has created connections to the many places I have lived, as well as, magnified separations causing a desire for belonging.
______________1 Mirzoeff, Nicholas. The Visual Culture Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routhledge, 2002. p 232.
THE BIRTH OF AN OTHER GIRL
In this video I transition the idea of the Pineapple Girl to be more then just a fantastical character but point to her Otherness through a multicultural experience, and how through this experience new things can be born. I want the viewer to have a glimpse that the white garment is just as important as the pineapple.
This piece is a still from a private performance where pineapples were transplanted into a corn field whole in the season of January.