Still Smiling

Digital Video
Height 5’ 3”

Luminous Deer
White Box Gallery
Portland, OR
June 4-25, 2010

Still Smiling is a video installation that captures a common phenomenon of social awkwardness–the polite smile–and focuses in on it, without extraneous factors.

Influenced by being in-between cultures, I often find myself in situations that I do not completely understand, but yet still must keep up appearances. Over the years, I have mastered this smile, and have successfully feigned full understanding to family members and other viewers alike. Although well-intentioned at first, Still Smiling exhibits the tension that inevitably appears as the muscle strain seeps through my face, and body language dissolves politeness into honesty.

Watch the video here: