Impressive portfolio of embroidery work by Chinese American artist
Embroidery is versatile in mimicking the original object
in shape and design but still distinct enough to be recognized as
something else. The stitches are soft but substantial, more tangible.
With embroidery, I explore my Asian-American born
identity-the dualism of being too Asian to be American, and too American
to be Asian.
In my object series, I recreate familiar Asian American
objects that take on the visual identity of the original object but
reject said identity due to its material.
In my girl series, I replace the facial identity of
suggestively posed Asian women with Asian textile patterns. The
patterned skin creates a broader spectrum of Asian identity; it becomes
more ambiguous and fluid as identity moves between the two.