As an artist, I try to connect the dots. Where the lines of thoughts seem disconnected, I analyze the root cause from a variety of angles–a historical/philosophical/political/even religious perspective.
I take my subject matter from popular American culture.
Because I can only express who I am, I explore the disconnect we experience between our ideals and our actions.
In my particular case, as an immigrant, I include news occurrences and developments overseas, the experiences of other immigrants from around the world who assimilate into the American culture, and the experience of living in this society with often black and white moral/ethical codes.
Through my work, I try to make sense of the disjunct and broken lines of thought.
My strict religious upbringing, combined with partaking in brain junk food, experiencing truly awkward situations, or coming across perspectives that are outrageous, I know that I am simply experiencing what many of us experience.
Often difficult to understand, we wrapped these thoughts and experiences as hidden secrets in our minds and lives or we do not examine our attitudes. Not accepting and appreciating the complete picture, we create a world that makes sense according to our ideals without examining the very foundation of our ideals. We impose our ideals as criticisms, religious dogma, and we become intolerant towards others. Imagining ourselves safe in lines of thinking that “make sense”, when in fact, these very foundational thoughts do not make sense!
film written, directed, filmed, edited by Jboncales
script edited by: Erik Ose
presented by Neke Carson at Gershwin Hotel
presented by Erik Ose at The Cave