About

Bio

I am a native San Franciscan and first generation Chinese American artist still living and working in San Francisco. I received my B.A. from UC Berkeley. Over the past two decades, I have continued independent studies under mentors and artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (known collectively as Rosenclaire) in Italy and South Africa. Highlights from these studies include working alongside renowned Venda master wood carvers (such as Paul Thavanha and Thomas Kubayi) from the Limpopo region with visiting artist talks by William Kentridge and Noria Mabasa. I have attended residencies at CanSerrat in Spain (full-stipend recipient) ; Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada; and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado (full-stipend recipient). Awards include the Banff Merit Scholarship and the Pamela Joseph Merit Fellowship for Minority Artists.

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Art

I am interested in the poetic intersection of the material and the immaterial -­‐ a transformative, and often humorous synthesis of confounded expectations. My work focuses on objects, actions and situations that are often domestic in nature and overlooked or marginalized as a reflection of the human condition. Recycling humble, mass produced materials, such as rust, dead bees, beaten up paintbrushes or steel wool, my work investigates the possibilities in re-forming beauty and value.  Play and chance are integral parts of my process; they are a way of setting aside preconceived notions about the materials so I can freely explore their inherent qualities and investigate meaning beneath the surface. The results are oftentimes unpredictable and quietly playful, taking shape in rather porous definitions of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography and video.