Landing on Galaxy

This work was created in 2020 during my freshman year of college as an online student, in collaboration with my classmate, Tommy Wu. The backdrop for this creation was the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which dramatically shifted our lives to virtual platforms. Confined to our homes, we experienced a profound sense of disconnection and loneliness which inspired us to explore the metaphorical implications of physical distance on individuals.

We sought to draw a parallel between the isolation felt during quarantine and Earth’s position in the vastness of the solar system. We envisioned Earth as an emblem of disconnection, distinct from the other planets. To convey this concept, we replaced familiar landscapes with captivating galaxies, symbolizing the emotional distance experienced during these times of separation.

Recognizing the power of social media as a ubiquitous means of global communication, we utilized social media as both inspiration and a platform for sharing our futuristic images. Through this approach, we sought to simulate the feeling of scrolling through others’ lives, allowing viewers to see reflections of their own experiences in the digital narrative we constructed. Our ultimate goal was to evoke a contemplative response from viewers, encouraging them to reflect on their own experiences of isolation and longing for connection.

Julili 2023 — NY, New York & Seoul, South Korea