I am a Painting major at Boston University, minoring in English, Art History, and Arts Leadership.
My goal is to use the elements of critical thinking, creative perspective, and innovation to raise questions about our world regarding twenty-first century issues. I aspire to use my drawing and painting skills to create bold statements while experimenting with artistic techniques that emphasize and convey the seriousness in my intent to stimulate social change. I believe that art is a language that can transcend cultural barriers because anyone can interpret art. Art created to make a social statement or reconsider current mindsets is the most important kind because it highlights issues and demands a solution.
In my art I frequently attempt to capture the essence of emotions and ideas that I have drawn from literature. I believe that both art and written works have the ability to speak to people, reveal new points of view, and incite thinking. Studying influential art is essential for creating works of art that can affect both the world of art and the world at large. I study Painting because it has the capability to elevate the human consciousness and experience.
Below are images from my solo exhibition, But Where Are You From? that was held in 2019 at Gallery 5 in Boston.
"Being Chinese American has always been of great importance to who I am as a person and how I view the world. Growing up in a community where 96% of the town was white, I felt embarrassed to be different. I have since learned to celebrate my culture, but I have seen and had experiences even outside of my hometown that indicate the way America in general views Asians is harsher than a non-Asian would initially believe. I do not attempt to speak for all Asian Americans, but I do hope to bring to light the problems we face. To emphasize how Asian Americans have been trodden over, my paintings will not depict a single Asian. Thus, I have created an exhibition about Asians without depicting any actual Asians, mocking and emphasizing the problem."