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My generation matured through a complicated mix of experiences. There was ten years of Socialist
education, ten years of the Cultural Revolution, ten years of the Open Door policy, and ten years of
Westernization. All of these complexities can be seen in my work. However the ten years of the Cultural
Revolution--Mao's culture--were the most influential, because during that period I grew from 12 to 22 years
Book from the Ground is a multi-media artwork with various visual and interactive components. It is a work-in-progress
that first truly began to take shape in 2003. The overarching goal of the project is to assemble a
universal language of icons from preexisting sources, to edit and reduce these icons to their most
fundamental and easily recognizable visual elements and then to create a database; a multi-lingual, web-based
chat-program; and a full-length novel written exclusively in this new language.
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