Chronological

OCartistoftheyear, printmaking

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48×10, Printmaking

Sex dolls, ceremonial swine heads and snapchat filters. These are a few of many prints I made during my time at CSSSA, the California State Summer School for the Arts. Using the compilation of prints I made, I decided to create a story. Looking at this reminds me of a soap opera, a thrilling drama depicting the transitions in our life as we age. As time goes, so we change and our thoughts change too. In an ever- evolving society, it is important to realize the impacts new technologies and philosophies can have on our world. I created a timeline to show our relationship to the constant, evolving universe, and how it can dramatically affect our lives.

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Resting Bitch Face

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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30×18, Ink, Watercolor, Scratchboard

Lured in by the unconventional ideas that go through our mind as teenagers, I thought about the obstacles we face and the unfair societal beliefs that are placed among people who are different, allowing me to use this piece to rebel against the conformed ideas of what we should look like, how we should think, and how we should behave. No one should have to hide from society because of the societal ideas about beauty. My aim for this piece was to portray the unconventional and “ugly” side of teenage angst that people often pry away from, to rebel against society’s standards of beauty against people who may not fit into a certain criteria of what beauty is and to give courage to those who wish to stand up for themselves.

Human Food Chain

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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Each Mask: 4x10x3, Mixed Media

This installation piece is designed using a series of masks that I made from scratch, using three simple ingredients: flour, water, and newspaper. I created this piece to symbolize how society has certain expectations for what a leader should be like. Our culture has very specific criteria as to what a person should accomplish before they can reach the top of the food chain. In the past, Justices of the Supreme Court were white and graduated from either Harvard or Yale. I created this installation as a means to break this standard because everyone is different and has something great to offer the world. We shouldn’t put impractical expectations on people because everyone is different and has something unique to offer.

Potential

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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24×20, Mixed Media

This piece depicts my concern with lost potential. Something I have always struggled with was searching for my potential, and wondering if “art” was all I had to offer to the world. The beads scattered across the plane symbolize the futility of a single jewel, as it may never realize its full potential. However, if carefully treated and utilized, a single jewel can become a beautiful creation with great potential and worth. This piece explores my subconscious worry as I start preparing for college and choosing my major. I used black spray paint on the paper to create sand-like textures. I also used thread to convey a sense of radiance emanating from the treasure.

Influenced

art, drawing, OCartistoftheyear

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15×21, Colored Pencil

People have often spoken to me in a foreign language because they thought I looked Chinese. Maybe this is because I grew up in Hong Kong? Our environment can drastically change how others perceive us, and the more places I travel the more multicultural I become. This piece depicts my constantly evolving mind, that an idea can be easily changed as I experience different cultures and learn new things. The optical illusion here shows three faces facing three different directions. I used this to interpret my identity as a multifaceted citizen.

Apart Mental

art, drawing, OCartistoftheyear

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24×32

This drawing symbolizes our increasingly myopic society in a world where we are sheltered behind the screens of social media. In Hong Kong, selling betta fish in small, compacted containers is common; they are sold daily on the streets. Betta fish can survive in enclosed spaces, and often fight when put together. The fish symbolize people and our hesitance to go beyond the familiar. The jarring yet colorfully stunning picture depicts my observation of the strange reality we live in. By drawing this piece, I explore ideas of vulnerability and challenging ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone.