This piece is an illustration of the different places I have been and the interactions I have experienced, whether in Chicago, Hong Kong, Seoul, or Los Angeles. This experience made me realize that art does not disengage from society; instead it intimately encompasses real life. To explore this concept, I created a piece that I’d like to think of as an experimental journey. Carefully painting each facial detail was symbolic of the relationships I have formed with different people around the world and their lasting impressions in my life. The uneven, clustered organization of faces explores the idea of a culturally integrated world and our unique, sometimes disparate connections with each other.
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.
going to a good name school doesn’t guarantee happiness and success
“But these words people threw around – humans, monsters, heroes, villains – to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
– V.E. Schwab