Encounters (2020-22)

​Over the last two years, we have encountered several important and critical events including the global pandemic, Black Life Matters and the political/social justice. I have felt anxious about the current situation and uncertainty towards the future. This new series of work in charcoal and ink expresses my concerns and desires for equity, cultural diversity and unity during this difficult time.

The inspiration for this series came from my stay-at-home life experience which has created physical and psychological challenges for individuals and families. I continue using longhair in figurative and portraiture formats to record growth and change over time as well as commenting on experiences associated with these events. During the pandemic lock-down, many people have let their hair and beard grow long enough to serve as masks or wrapped scarfs. To me, this hairdo has become a new icon of 2020. Even though we had to keep social distancing , there were strong needs for inner connection and love such as in many virtual ways like tree roots.

I have also practiced more meditation in order to help me focus and readjust to this surreal experience. Finding a balance between highs and lows is as equally important as reset the priority in life. The revolutionary movements and demonstrations for social justice, such as Black Lives Matter movement, reminded me of the iconic Chinese revolutionary imagery of the upraised fist which I used to express my “solidarity” with BLM. The most recent charcoal drawings of barbed wired hair and fence are my extended ideas on boarder and immigration control in the US.

We Can Do It
We Can Do It

40" x 60" Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2022

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Power
Power

42" x 58", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2021

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Solidarity
Solidarity

42" x 58", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2021

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Solidarity
Solidarity

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Pandemic Hairdo
Pandemic Hairdo

58" x 84", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2021

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Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

42" x 116", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2021

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Reset
Reset

42" x 116", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2021

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Twisted
Twisted

42" x 116", Chinese ink on Italian fabric, 2022

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2020 New Hairdo (diptych)
2020 New Hairdo (diptych)

24" x 36" (each), Charcoal on paper, 2020

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Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

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Double Take
Double Take

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

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Twisted
Twisted

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Veiled
Veiled

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Distant Connection
Distant Connection

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

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Reset
Reset

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2022

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Check Out
Check Out

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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ID
ID

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Willow
Willow

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Connected
Connected

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

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Rooted
Rooted

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Barbed
Barbed

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2022

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Broken
Broken

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2022

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Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

16" x 20", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

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Double Take
Double Take

16" x 20", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

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