On to the Freeland

The planet called Freeland is a utopia for everybody. Here, people enjoy freedom and live a peaceful life with others who are from different culture, race, and skin color. Here, people are no longer afraid to speak up for themselves. The galaxies, with modern trigonometry look and floating in the universe, are made of glass and shine with different colors just like each citizen there shines with his/her unique personality trait. There are freeways and bridges connecting places to living space. The system on the freeway controls the economic and environmental aspect of the planet and saves extra cost. The system also has ability to calculate daily need of sunshine, wind, moonlight, stars, and lightning. This keeps the planet from losing balance between nature and human development, as well as industrial waste.  

The yellow box ma in the middle is the protagonist who has technology and phone inserted in his brain and is independent and full of positive energy. He is expressing friendliness and kindness towards the antagonist white box robot. The white box robot seems lost and worried, contrasting with the helpful yellow box man. In reality, I associate myself with the antagonist white box short man because I get confused and emotional about what happiness means sometimes. Luckily, there is always someone like the yellow box man in my life to make me see the good in everything again. Not only does the pink flower in the middle symbolizes harmony between the two box men, but also it presents the unlimited natural resource of Freeland.

One can see the different robots with different colors and sizes on the stairs are all friendly with each other. This is because sexism and racism do not exist on Freeland. People learned from history that Earth in 21st century have struggled through injustice and unfair treatment, especially on the minorities. Therefore, planet Freeland is found and improvement is being symbolized as the robots at the back keep walking upstairs in this digital collage. The water and bubbles on the foreground symbolize life and energy that is always there for citizens to take. The warm tone of color also plays the role to lighten their mood as the milky way behind them presents high visibility to shooting stars. Citizens living on Freeland see the shooting stars and colorful aurora as hopes and unlimited future.

The digital collage involves groupmates and their works, but everything is placed and used with my intention in the final work. The four elements I borrowed from my groupmates were the floating blue bridge from far away, the staircase, and the two species of robots on the staircase. In my thinking process, I wanted to create a perfect utopia planet for anyone and everyone because the intended audience is the world community. To me, a utopia is full of diversity and has unlimited possibility. As an Asian woman growing up in a city, I’ve realized some cruel facts about our society, such as people looking down at one because of his/her skin color and appearance. Therefore, I took the area of environment, economy, community, culture, and technology into account and used my diverse characters, vibrate colors, and depth in digital collage to tell the story.

My intention is to show the viewers a wonderful society should be based on respect between nature and human, between human and human, and even between human to other species such as the robots in the work. A utopia could exist, but it’s always up to us to work together and learn lessons from history. While helping one and another, one’s unique personality is essential. Artist Do Ho Suh cares the issue of identity like I do. His work Who Am We? (2000) and Uni-form (1997) inspired me to think about individualism. Another artist I was inspired by was Kara Walker and her work Darkytown Rebellion (2001). The dramatic color, different layers, challenging visual dimension, and diverse characters caught my attention. The vibrate color of hers can be found in my work as well as the sense of surreality. Also, artist Shirin Neshat’s work Rebellious Silence (1994) and Turbulent (1998) were memorable to me. Her works shows the powerless woman in contrast to the controlling men or just being silent by herself. I wish viewers can imagine living in the utopia with joy. Lastly, I desire to bring awareness to our future generations, spreading hopes and unlimited potential to have this dream come true.

Digital Collage, 8.5 x 11.0 inches, 2016