Peinture acrylique, encre de Chine, aquarelle et broderie
Inspired by abstract expressionism and fuelled by spirituality and mysticism from eastern and western philosophies, my artistic practice is a culmination of my Asian-Canadian identity and my relationship with the unseen world.
Consisting of mostly pastel colours with pops of saturated colour, my gestural abstractions laud an understated beauty influenced by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. I choose to work abstractedly, without the distraction of any overtly recognizable imagery, leaving the experience of viewing my paintings highly personal and different for each viewer. The mark-making can range from careful to frantic and is usually made with pencils, markers, spray-paint and acrylic paint. The marks get painted over, crossed out, layered with watery layers of paint, covered with gold leaf or more recently, embroidered shapes. I work backwards in this sense, choosing intuitively what to obscure and what to accentuate; the process is meditative and forgiving. As a result, my pieces impart the same kindness while revealing deep truths and forgotten memories to the viewer.
My current work is a collection of hybrid paintings that combine textile art and painting together. My use of thread references forgotten female figures from mythology and concepts from different religions and beliefs. I am always looking to give pause to the viewer and give them a fleeting moment of something fantastical and dream-like in our immediate and fast paced era of technology.
Regardless of what form my work takes, I aim to give the viewer a sense of closure that sometimes, doesn’t exist in life. My art reminds the viewer that the self does not independently exist and that we are all irrevocably linked to each other through time and space.