Date: Sunday, October 7
Address: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Media: Drawing, Printmaking, Painting
Studio Features: Restroom, Work For Sale
Some days, I cannot pass by a mirror without feeling a violent surge of repulsion at the sight of my reflection, not because I am ugly but because I am. This dysmorphia stems from different traumas, from the persistent and pervasive racism and cultural imperialism I have experienced my entire life. How does the repeated rejection or repression of a part of oneself affect the psyche? What does it mean for me to inhabit a body that even I have rejected as an Asian-American? As a queer woman? And how do these overlapping identities affect my sense of self? Although my work is often rooted in personal exploration and reflection, the personal becomes the political because of the nature of shared identity groups and the salience of certain experiences to said groups.
Common themes in my work include female sexuality, assimilation, biculturation, vulnerability, and anxieties. Additionally, I am also exploring ideas of flawed memory and documentation in my work. When memories become lost or flawed, how does this affect the salience of what has been forgotten? Through my work, I attempt to decolonize my body from the violence that has wrought it.