The USPS series addresses the idea of transition/migration based on my personal experience of immigration. As a newcomer to the country following opportunities, I had frequently moved in preceding years, and the physical and emotional challenges following the continuous moves permeated into my sense of place.
The USPS series consists of the enlarged self-addressed shipping labels printed on the cardboard shipping boxes that had traveled with me many times during my moves in the United States. The defaced and damaged shipping labels allude to the troubles of being shipped from place to place. The beaten and weathered self-addressed shipping labels connote a means of transporting one’s belongings, and in some cases, one’s entire possessions. At the same time, they are unsolicited reminders of the possibilities of missing or losing things in transit. The visible empty spaces in the installation evoke the sense of loss and the emotional emptiness in the aftermath of leaving a place. This allusion to the experience of migration, deep down, speaks to this very idea of life’s uncertainty. It is an endless journey of not knowing your next home, and of making home everywhere or nowhere.
With the unprecedented mobility at our hands, we are increasingly dealing with the issue of displacement, questioning the very idea of home. On these very peripheries between the dwindling sense of belonging and the dawning sense of disorientation exist my work.