The Tragicomic Pursuit, 2023
by Jacob Hashimoto
Acrylic, bamboo, paper, wood, and Dacror
152.4 (H) x 365.8 (W) x 21.0 (D) cm
Loosely referencing East Asian craft traditions, the work also draws from the visual language of weeds and invasive species; radio telescopes; as well as the architecture of churches and mosques built during plagues, all to ask: how might visual sampling exist at the root of identity formation?
Through his artworks, Hashimoto explores what it means to build an understanding of oneself from scratch, both as a denizen of the visually cacophonous digital age, but also as a Japanese American artist grappling with family histories of internment that resulted in shattered cultural inheritance.