I create artwork to foster joy, hope, meaningful connections and conversations. Inspired by Chinese yin-yang philosophy, calligraphy, and woodblock prints, as well as elements of my native folk art such as embroidery and textiles, I use lines and colors, symbols and metaphors, forms and patterns in my art, integrating techniques such as carving, paper cutting, dripping, taping with mixed media including some unconventional materials to explore the complex nature of human existence and the resilient human spirits in this historically challenging world.
The Story Behind the Artwork
Using lines and colors, symbols and metaphors, shapes and patterns, the work integrates techniques of calligraphy, cut paper with mixed media to explore the complex nature of human existence in our inter-connected intricate physical world.
Life Imprint #5
In the Life Imprint series, I repurposed the strong construction material as a solid foundation upon which the inner dialogue between my mind and soul took place. I integrated the image of the Sun as a mobile device in the center to symbolize the invisible moving force in the universe.
Tapestry of Dreams
Tapestry of Dreams, consists of 12 panels of 36”x 36” and is inspired by my experiences with the rich Zhuang cultural traditions. It depicts stories of the Festival of Spring Songs on March 3rd in Guangxi, China. The Festival, which is a tradition practiced by the Zhuang and a few other minority nationalities, takes place every spring. During that time, young men and women sing love songs to one another as a gesture of courtship. In the painting, there are many stories/tales, symbols and metaphors expressed, such as the sun and moon, water, tree, dragon, phoenix, flowers, butterfly, fish, frog and birds are some of the signs that are used to glorify the Zhuang people’s deep love and respect for the natural and supernatural world.
The Connection series stem from my observation of and meditation on our current state of living in this ever-advancing information ages, in which the internet, the smartphone and various forms of social media have revolutionized the world. I drew lines flying across the space and use fine brushes, cut-paper, to create layers of textures and effects. In this process, I see the lines and colors dancing, dots shapes and figures are energized to tell the stories of their own.
The Light of Hope
The historic Pandemic has uprooted millions of lives including mine. I experience periods of confusion, fear and sadness. This artwork is my self-portrait, in which stories of our time are sifted through my lenses as an Asian-American artist. Using various techniques, I incorporated elements of Yin-Yang, folk arts, and motor to create a 3D life imprint. The uneven edges and layers of textures symbolize the difficult paths and struggles people have gone through. The small motor installation represents the light of hope and ingenuity in finding solutions for this challenging issue. As I painted, images of the people of all races and workforces flew out through the brushes. Each one relates its own stories facing the Pandemic-stories of healthcare providers risking their lives caring for patients; stories of never giving up; of sharing faith and hope…Together we move on with resilience and strength. Through them I see hope.
The installation expressed the struggles and the tenacity human spirits at this historic coronavirus pandemic. Grime as it appears while it engulfing the world, there is light shining through.