There is an old saying in China: When a person isolates from
the mainstream society, they become an island. Isolation
enables clear reflection. Here in America, I find myself both
figuratively and literally on that island. I live on Treasure Island,
an island between San Francisco and Oakland. The island both
reflects and inspires my art.
In my recent series, I utilize the silkscreen and intaglio techniques
to express my experiences of living abroad. I have been exposed
to unfamiliar language, culture, and modes of thinking. These
situations are difficult but it challenges me to examine my life
and artistic production. This exploration has led me to combine
the figure and landscape as a way of expressing how place can
define an individual. The combination of figure and landscape
expresses the emotion of the individual relating to circumstance.