Words fall into disuse and new words come into a language—this shifting tells us something about our changing world. And as water becomes a more contentious resource, our language will evolve to reflect these coming changes. I know no more about our water future than you do, but I hope the Future Dictionary of Water will engage and provoke us to consider what that future is, and by doing so, we may have a more thoughtful impact on our future.
This body of work is both a celebration and a cautionary tale about our most valuable resource. While water changes easily and harmlessly between solid, liquid and gas, our relationship with water is undergoing a perilous transformation. The paintings here tell the story of our connection to water–as giver of life, as tools for industrialization and exploration, as dumping ground, and as hope for renewal. They are the beginning of an in-depth examination of our link with this life sustaining resource, and what it tells us about who we are.
If it's true that we are what we eat, then the series Red Bean Paste and Apple Pie is both a personal exploration of my story of immigration and a broader look at what it means to be an American. Presented as diptychs (except for one polyptych of four panels), each painting contains parallel narratives that can be surprising, nostalgic, humorous, but at times alarming about what we eat.