ARTIST STATEMENT: A multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture and installation, my work addresses the process of cultural encounter and entanglement. My exposure to different cultural objects and ideas has driven my fascination with how these influences are visually acquired, represented and interpreted. I am interested in how cultures copy others, and how borrowed ideas often find their way back to the original culture. This entanglement of culture, history, place and interpretation are themes that I explore in my work.
In my paintings I juxtapose appropriated images from vintage children’s books along with other found and original images to address the process of cultural assimilation and the development of individual identity. I am especially interested in this subject having been born in South America to Chinese parents and having learned about my ancestors’ culture as an outsider. I create my cross-cultural narratives using encaustic and other mixed media including oil, pigments from Morocco and India, volcanic ash from Ecuador, rice paper, silver/gold/copper leaves, beads, and electronic components from circuit boards.