A suitcase contains the heaviness of departure, but also expectations and hopes about the future. Steel is used to show the heaviness of the journey that is life. As the wheel rolls forward, we also go from school to career to travel, leaving some places. Through it all, this suitcase is what we depend on as we move forward. But the fatigue and loneliness of being a wanderer is never far from us. The bird that rests on the suitcase is our longing for home, and we can feel that freedom is no match for it in the end. If you’re tired or have wandered too far, then go home!
Artist Yu-Sheng Chen mainly worked with metals before graduate school, but after that he started working with new media such as infrared, counters, sensors and laser. Learning about new materials also got him thinking about different directions and techniques of sculpting. His creations are based on the environment, so in a location like this, he is able to imbue a firm image into his work to reduce the distance between it and the audience, as well as leaving ample room for the imagination.