Shadow of Lives
I asked people to donate their DNA samples, a lock hair, whose appearance shows their cultural identity and personality. I sandwich the material between microscope slide glasses. I heat them in a kiln to 1,500 degrees which heat and melt the glass to trap the hair ash. The objects are absent of people’s appearance influenced by race, color, and cultural perspective, but pure existences. This work was inspired by the shadow of stairs in Hiroshima. The shadow led me to realize the person’s pure energy of life without a physical body. While the shadow is a more negative capture, I contrast this with peoples’ sacrifice and participation of donation of DNA.