Morphace (2012)

Studying cultural body images in the United States and Korea, I noticed that certain visual elements tend to be globalized while changing their meanings and contexts. In 3D animation “Morphace,” a 3D base face model is slowly morphed into 5 celebrity faces in chronicle order that I became interested in each face; While some faces are globally recognizable, the others are only locally recognizable. Through the exhibition of a morphing face that transcends its race, sex, and culture, I explore tensions between universal values of cultural faces that have potentials to be globalized and local values that are not readable outside of their cultures and languages.

Morphace Installation at B.Y.O.B RVA (2012)