Paper + Wire | 23 in x 45 in | 2012

Every war invariably results in terrible tragedies, immense waste and sinful destruction. All wars, no matter how big or small, how nearby or far away, diminish our humanity to a barbaric level — TAKAYUKI ISHII

Bioarchaeological research shows that throughout the history of our species, interpersonal violence has been prevalent. No form of social organization, mode of production, or environment setting appears to have remained free from interpersonal violence for long [1]. Violence, in this context, as physical confrontations but also, the emotional turmoil in an individual's mind and soul.

Everyone is susceptible to depression and anxiety and may struggle all their lives to discover who they really are. I struggled with the cultural differences I lived in and how it dictated me in the way I lived my life and how I made my decisions. However, the war in myself only allowed me to realize that in order to be truly happy, I needed to let everything else go and solely focus on my own goals - not my family's. 

Inspired by Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, I folded my own set of a thousand cranes (it is believed that folding one thousand cranes will help make your wish come true), before utilizing fifty to use as part of the sculpture. Cranes is both my tribute to Sadako and her wish of peace but also, to myself in accomplishing everything thus far with my own strength and willpower. I believe this sculpture is a physical manifestation of both letting go of the unnecessary and the flight towards my goals.


1. L. Walker, P. 2001. A Bioarchaeological Perspective on the History of Violence. Annual Review of Anthropology, 30. <>