ARTIST STATEMENT: Having the face of a minority in America, and the cultural upbringing of a minority in Asia, Iíve always felt partially out of place.
In America, whenever I meet someone new ó even another Asian ó I always seem to have the same conversation about ďwhat kind of AsianĒ I am. When Iím in America, people see me as emphatically Asian. However, when Iím in Asia, people can only see me as an American. After all I think like an American, that is I think in English!
For much of my life Iíve thought that I have these experiences because of the way I look. My solution then, is to change the way Iím looked at. By taking influences from both my Asian and American cultures and fusing the two together, I am creating a new aesthetic. One that is distinctly Asian American. My hope is that in developing an Asian American aesthetic, I will influence our culture in such a way that it also reflects my unique cultural background. This way I can feel more at home here in America, a project that is no doubt important both for myself and for other Asian Americans.
Grounded Ambitions 2015 Digital/Analog Photography This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It illustrates the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.
Yin Yang Whisper 2012 Analog/Digital Photography
Invictus 2013 Digital/Analog Photography
Diligentia II 2013 Digital/Analog Photography For me, persistence is the ability to force yourself to keep going, even when numerous doubts and fears tell you otherwise. In the composition here, the figures in white represent my doubts and fears,
Paradox of Choice 2013 Digital/Analog Photography
A Waking Dream 2014 Digital/Analog Photography
Shinobi No Kame 2016 Digital/Analog Photography
Pleasures of Pain 2015 Digital/Analog Photography
Migrant Shores 2016 Digital/Analog Photography
Narcissus 2012 Analog/Digital Photography As the title implies, this piece was inspired by the story of Narcissus from Greek myth. In summation, Narcissus was a hunter who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. He then died