Vignettes of an Empire is a series of ultra-manipulated black and white photos depicting architecture and other physical cultural artifacts from the United States. The images are printed on 18" x 20' Hanji Korean Mulberry paper .
In a way, these images resemble visions of cityscapes and architecture from a dream. There are places that are familiar, like buildings in Boston and New York City, but these concrete structures—monuments symbolizing American industrial and economic progress throughout the centuries—are reduced to hazy images on a piece of paper that can easily disintegrate in a fire or hurricane. The idea is that even entire civilizations and empires are as impermanent as organic things.
Also, it provokes the question: Is the American society actually real just because we have monuments and other architectural artifacts pointing to our significance in the greater historical context, or is it all just an illusion, an ideal?