Taiko Chandler

Installations / Route-less (2023)

I started with an old rope, which I disassembled. What had been strong became frail, so I wrapped each strand with wire to reconstruct the original shape. At the time, I was reflecting on my past, trying to preserve my memories of Japan. The process of discovery helped clarify what is important. Living abroad isolates different parts of my identity and, although I try to retain what is essential, it always evolves. What remains is strong and flexible, but also fragmented and complex as I am transformed by my experiences abroad. Unraveling my connections to family, culture, and country helped me to understand more deeply who I am, which in turn helps me continue to adapt.

A piece of neglected rope, wire, sand

"Gravitropic" at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2023

Photo: Wes Magyar