Encounters (2020-22)

​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

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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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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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Power
Power

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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Solidarity
Solidarity

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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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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