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A Half-Inch Behind The White Wall


2023, Xerox, pencil on wall, dimension variable

A half inch behind the white wall is immersive, illustrated wall that spotlights the role of immigrant workers in New York’s fabled garment industry, drawing on my own historical research and conversations with local Asian factory workers and managers. Key visual elements — historical texts, images, and relevant hand drawings — will be applied only onto those areas of the wall supported undetectably by studs. As the drawing expands and sprawls across the gallery walls, a hidden inner structure is revealed: a metaphor for the invisible and unacknowledged immigrant labor pool that has long sustained the American fashion industry.