Desert Walk Series
Photo & video, Current Project //
The Walk interdisciplinary project explores the connection with our environments through video, photography, drawing and performance. The project features America’s diverse desert landscapes with superimposed digital drawings of various biological forms over the image of myself walking.
The Desert Walk Video (1 min excerpt)
– Total duration: 4 min 47 sec, Audio: yes
– Walk performance and video by Yoon Cho
– Music by Faten Kanaan
The project explores the cycle of life and the co-existence of humankind with our surroundings. I take photographs and videos of myself walking in different locations. These scenes include; a coal power plant in the sacred land of Navajo Nation, the ever moving sand dunes collaborating with the wind, and the snow like white salt flat of a dried lake in Death Valley. After editing photographs and videos, I create drawings of biological life forms to develop a narrative. The drawings of plant cells, pollen, reproductive organs, embryos, and skeletons tell a story of interconnection with the earth.
The representational and imaginative drawings echo the scientific evidence and explore whimsical imagination. The simplicity of the white silhouettes with line drawings of suggestive details allows me to construct a story without taking away from the beauty of the landscapes in the picture. Distinguished from the photographic background, the graphic symbols become a seed and potentiality for a new tale.
My personal journey from a difficult pregnancy to motherhood encourages me to look closer at the relationship between the biological life forms and their habitats. The Desert Walk Series is comprised of 14 prints and is the first installment of the Walk Project. The Walk Project is a four part series – Desert, Water, Mountain and Urban Walk Series. The Walk Project encapsulates beauty, destruction, and preservation of the land we live in.
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