Why I am leaning into my Chinese American heritage as an artist
Since I started researching and working on my NFT project, I have been thinking a lot about what makes me valuable in this world.
Then, a friend visited me in Utah and asked me this very enlightening question. Why don’t I paint Asian faces in my art? My answer might shock you… I just… never thought about it!
I feel almost ashamed to admit this, but western education had really reconditioned me to see what “normal” is, and wow that has to change - for myself, and for my daughter.
After all, if I, as a Chinese American artist, don’t even paint Asian faces and show it to the world, who else can we count on??
That is exactly what I am doing in this new collection honoring the very multidimensional emotions and faces of Asian women. You are the first to see it!
“Keeping it together”, watercolor on paper, 18” x 24”, $750
In this particular piece, I am exploring the tension of “keeping it together” because that is a daily battle for me - and I am sure for many many other women just like me.
As she desperately tries to hold on to her beautiful dress - the shell that keeps her presentable to the world, the nosey vines with heads and faces - all the distractions in the world and needs of others, growing around her, into her dress, and tries to dislodge her protective shell. She is agitated but has to keep fighting.
Do you ever feel that way?
P.S. I am in the process of moving away from Etsy and setting up my own shop - that fee just doesn’t make sense anymore. Please contact me directly if you are interested!