Visions of Self is the first annual show of the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. The show features over 100 female artists from 10 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.
Co-Curators: Wendy Denton & Jennifer Moss
Judges: Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director/Chief Curator Fresno Art Museum & Diane Breuer, Artist & Former Gallery Owner
The basis of this piece was the idea of needing to choose a side when you’re mixed. I spent a lot of time putting on my “white mask” to avoid my Chinese heritage. I remember trying as hard as I could to push down my culture so I could be palatable to the pretty white girls I hung out with. Now I’ve realized that being mixed is quite literally in my blood and whenever I look in the mirror I see that. The text carved into my chest says “Mixed Blood” in mandarin characters while the mask has “white person” written on it. The red of the background is used to contrast with the carved text but also a nod to red being the color of luck in Chinese culture.
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