THE ACCUMULATION OF DREAMS

The Accumulation of Dreams continues to explore the transitory and migratory nature of our environments. In this exhibition, Wu discusses migration through the narrative of Chinese immigration--displacement,  arrival, identity and assimilation.  


NOT ALL ALIKE
Her materials are tea and gold. Tea—as a cultural signifier of Asian tradition and a valuable commodity. Gold--the California Gold Rush, Gold Mountain, and "streets paved with gold"--the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
The gathering of tea is a  project by her mother and the Taiwanese community in New Jersey. 

ORIENTATION
Wu’s dot and line drawings signify the language of mapping movements, orientation, dislocation and relocation.

GOLD MOUNTAIN PRAYER
Gold Mountain was initially named for California and in particular San Francisco where the immigrants disembarked bound for the gold fields. Chinese immigrants also settled in Boston. The rise and fall and rise of the Boston census from 1860 to 2010 (by decades)  tells of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965.
Each lotus in this drawing represents approximately 300 Chinese individuals. In many Buddhist temples, a lotus light represents the light of a soul for which the monks offer prayers.

Mcquaid, Cate, "Motifs, Contradictions, Changed Orientations", Boston Globe, September 22, 2015

The Acculmulation of Dreams (excerpt) Excerpt from video portion of installation tea leaves, single channel video

The Acculmulation of Dreams (excerpt)

Excerpt from video portion of installation
tea leaves, single channel video