As a University of Washington (UW) transit commuter, I learned while traveling to and from school; Sound Transit rail lines, campus pathways, and city sidewalks became miles of socially constructed roadways that connected me with community organizations, social services, and internships where I tested and applied my classroom knowledge. Drawing on coursework in American Ethnic Studies (AES), American Indian Studies, Art History, and English 282 (Multimodal Composition), I challenged myself to critically analyze the relationship between people and places, using Photo/Media as my medium. My From Home origin screen graphically captures the dynamic energy between land, architecture, diaspora, and emigration that I saw every day, moving left to right, from South Beacon Hill to UW.
Inspired by a traditional folding screen at the Macao Museum (澳門博物館), Macao, China, From Home graphically depicts Seattle scenes: a legend, cultural landmarks and values, and/or my daily life at the time of creation. Screens, as well as other utilitarian tools and decorations, are a form of physical storytelling and timepieces passed down from generation to generation. Reflecting on my own experiences growing up in South Seattle, I drew upon those moments, from various locations, that were particularly meaningful. This screen is a personal representation of how I view and interact with the city. A story to you, From Home.
I am greatly inspired by local artists, including MXT Visuals, Kcoyi, EddieJJen with Xuanda, and Blue Scholars. I focus on visually exploring issues and topics relevant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander American experience, as well as issues of mobility and gentrification around South Seattle. I often incorporate my background in martial arts, music, and American Ethnic Studies to produce video-narratives, social commentary, critiques, and unity. I represent my community, my heritage, my Ancestors; my home.