From Circle

by Seungmin Daniel Lee

From Circle
Video (4K), Kinetic Sculpture

Calligraphy practice paper (水写布), made of polyester filament, is a synthetic fabric that turns dark when in contact with water. The imagery slowly fades away as water evaporates, which allows one to practice strokes over approximately 10,000 times. The material, often associated with the act of repetitive practice to achieve the perfect copy of desired images or letters, is used to investigate the tropes of representation through the mix of mechanical hardware, household objects, and augmented 3D geometries of Los Angeles extracted from the web.
Created during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the work reflects on the hopes of breaking the cycle of Historical Repetition and the representation of digital and physical environments we inhabit.

Thesis advisor: Theo Triantafyllidis, Hirad Sab