Encounters (2020-21)

​Over the last year, 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 long hair to capture the growth and the change over time. 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. The title of drawing “Distant Connection” not only refers to the current need for social distance, but also addresses the importance of connections such as in many virtual ways like tree roots and the relationships between lovers and families.

Pandemic Hairdo
Pandemic Hairdo

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

Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

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

Power
Power

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

Solidarity
Solidarity

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

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

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

Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Double Take
Double Take

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Powers
Powers

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Powerful
Powerful

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

ID
ID

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Check Out
Check Out

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Twisted
Twisted

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Deep Connection
Deep Connection

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Distant Connection
Distant Connection

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Reset
Reset

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

US Essential Items
US Essential Items

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

2020 Male Hairdo
2020 Male Hairdo

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

2020 Female Hairdo
2020 Female Hairdo

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

Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

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

Double Take
Double Take

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

Scarce
Scarce

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

Rapunzel....
Rapunzel....

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2020

Shred
Shred

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2021

Grind#1
Grind#1

18" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2021