" Encounters "

Over the last year, we have encountered several important and critical events including the global pandemic  Black Life Matters and political and social justice. I have felt anxious about the current situation and uncertainty towards the future. This new series of work expresses my concerns and desire for equity, 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 represent growth and the change over time. 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 implies the continued importance of connections such as in many virtual ways like tree roots. I use my trademark imagery of longhair to capture this important element during quarantine life. 

 

2020 New Hairdo#1
2020 New Hairdo#1

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

2020 New Hairdo#2
2020 New Hairdo#2

24" x36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Powerful
Powerful

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Powers
Powers

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Double Take
Double Take

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Safe Kiss
Safe Kiss

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Twisted
Twisted

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Distant Connection
Distant Connection

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2020

Deep Connection
Deep Connection

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

Inseparable
Inseparable

24" x 36", Charcoal on paper, 2021

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

Double Take
Double Take

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

Reset
Reset

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

Uncertainty
Uncertainty

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

Rapunzel....
Rapunzel....

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

Scarce
Scarce

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

Cover Up
Cover Up

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

Zoom Out
Zoom Out

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

US Essential Items
US Essential Items

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

Hope After the Storm
Hope After the Storm

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