Artist Statement
Lanterns
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Wave
Wave

Etching 12 inches x 18 inches

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Brazil 5 Final
Brazil 5 Final

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Lanterns
Lanterns

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My current practice explores themes of migration, immigration and transformation with a focus on the Chinese diaspora. As a first-generation Taiwanese-American, I am interested in the meeting of cultural identities. Drawn from my personal experiences of crossing between distinct cultures and places, I create works in response to spaces I have traveled to, my surroundings and in reflection of my own identity.

 

Due to my experience of studying in Beijing, I became especially conscious of the boundaries of nationality and culture comprising Chinese identity. In China, I encountered being both an insider and outsider simultaneously, as a American of Chinese descent. Although I participate in Chinese culture my identity is only partially recognized as Chinese.  

 

I employ diverse methods of making by applying drawing, painting, digital photography, and sculpture. I create spatial juxtapositions of different cultural scenes and objects to form tension and contrast thereby creating a third meaning. My work aims to examine the effects of globalization in cultural blending, and the slipping away of cultural identity. I am interested in dislocation between objects, people, and spaces.