After performing a ceremonial burning of drawings meant for the dead, transforming paper and pastel into ash and smoke, I have found that my art practice is starting to tie into my cultural practice of ancestral worship. From the meditative experience that is painting, I create psychological landscapes that explore spirituality, memory, and time. I use collaged imagery in my paintings to represent the chaotic nature of memory and the transformation of entities.
The addition of rainbows in my work refers to: 1) themes of transformation; 2) the maximalist Cantonese aesthetic I grew up with; and 3) how I have grown into my own disco ball brand of queerness. I collage together images of home, images of altars, with queer symbols that are not necessarily queer, as a way of exploring the many facets of identity, and how we ourselves may transform over the course of a lifetime.
1 - Meteor Shower, oil on panel, 72”x48”x2.5"
2 - Home Dialect, oil on canvas, 60”x48”x1.5"
3 - Plug-in Joss Candle, oil on canvas, 40”x30”x1.5"
4 - Night View, oil on canvas, 24”x18”x1.5"
5 - Quarantine Postcard, digital collage
6 - Teeth Ring, Digital Photo
7 - Gift of Teeth, Digital Photo