Drowning in High School, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
Drowning in High School expresses how overwhelmed high school students, like me, feel by their homework and the standardized tests they need to complete for school and to apply to college. The artwork critiques the competitive college process and school's interminable distribution of anxiety-prompting assignments and examinations to students. The piece relates to the exhibition theme as it represents my experience in school for the past three years.
My piece, created in photoshop, represents my interpretation of the word continuum. When I think of this word, I imagine a timeline expanding infinitely in both directions. I believe that my digital collage about time reflects my experiences, memories of, and nostalgia of the last two decades very well. My image illustrates images that I feel represent my past, present, and future. Everything from a self-portrait, people and books I love, symbols of time, and symbols of my interests and personal values are included in the image.
My grandmother was a big part of my life growing up. During quarantine she’s a big comfort as she was a safe place to be brought to when I was very young.
Colors of Beauty, 2018
This piece is a surreal portrait that was based on my imagination and how I see the world and I saw the world as bright and as colorful as possible where everyone is free to express themselves through the art of colors.The purple hair represents our new era where we could wear our hair in any color now and not just the regular norm.
This is my own fictional character that I created about two years ago and Levi has changed throughout the years and this is who he is now for the Month of April 2020, he has evolved and is more colorful to adapt to the changing times. I draw him every month.
The Kois, 2020
Koi fish bring back memories of my trip back to China last year to adopt my little sister. We would see many Koi fish from our hotel to different outings.
Being Happier, 2020
This piece is about my siblings. I am the youngest of four, and when I created this portrait of my three older siblings, I was thinking about how my life is different now that they have all left home to start college, find jobs, and move on with their lives.
All These Words Taken From My Mouth, 2018
This artwork is about the reminiscence of our teenage years and stories we find embarrassing. I made this work based on personal experiences with boys during middle school. I feel like it relates to the exhibition theme because it is an artwork reflecting on the past and there is much nostalgia surrounding our time as kids.
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