About

Bio

I am an artist living and working in San Francisco, California. I received my B.A. from UC Berkeley in 1992. 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 and visiting artist talks/visits 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.

I am a first generation Chinese American who has a familial slant towards the creative, coming from a long line of educators and architects. However, I am the first to pursue a career in art. As someone who enjoys the small details of the everyday, doing art is a way for me to make those often times invisible moments visible. I am interested in the poetic intersection of the material and the immaterial -­‐ a transformative, and often humorous synthesis of confounded expectations. 

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Art

I have always been fascinated with the overlooked and marginalized. In my work, I investigate notions of beauty and value using humble, discarded or mass produced materials.  Rust, dead bees, beaten up paintbrushes and scrap materials from my immediate surroundings all become a starting point. Play and chance are integral parts of my process; they're a way for me to detach from preconceived ideas about the materials so I can freely explore their inherent qualities and investigate their deeper implications. The results are oftentimes unpredictable and quietly playful. As an artist, I sometimes find my job is one of the Infringer or Under-miner: encroaching on boundaries and mining for the essence below the surface of things.