I view the world holistically, and find that I am invariably drawn to fragments of human history, which evidence past and present culture. Whether I am manipulating and assembling found objects; collaging and photographing aged tools, or cutting and collaging images from books, my process of extracting, and combining archetypal elements, from different historical origins, enables me to literally and metaphorically layer time and space, so that new and personal narratives are created.
The unlikely combinations of religious or mythical figures, grand or fallen buildings, aged tools wrapped in text, reflect linkages between ancient and modern times, and the inescapable connection between the folly and glory in human endeavor. My sculpture, photographs and prints celebrate this ineffable paradox of life.
- Sherri Tan