or the planets seen through my childhood window

This is the second in my series of autobiographical works. In this project, I position myself as an astronaut in my own children’s story.

As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew older. I spent countless hours alone on my bed using my viewmaster to explore the universe, imagining that one day I would see the planets with my own eyes. Recently, I found myself sleeping in that same bed. Once the feelings of nostalgia faded, thoughts entered my mind about failing to become who I thought I would be as an adult.

HOMUNCULUS, or the planets seen through my childhood window is an installation of photo-based work that draws upon these feelings of unfulfillment and vulnerability, crafting a narrative that allows the viewer to visit seven fictive planets through stereoscopic viewmasters. The figures on each planet are variations on the artist’s body after being 3D-scanned and 3D-printed. In addition to interpreting alchemical notions of the early planets, the figures also reference compositions and themes found in Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which features a boy exploring the universe to understand what coming-of-age means.

Just as a child would, I use my imagination to confront, categorize, and conquer troubling aspects of my reality. My body and art art are vessels to visualize my fictions.