Being a woman can generate many things; body, sex, flowers, childhood, home, decorative art. Historically and socially, they have been consumed through various misperceptions for example being shallow and self-centered. My goal is to distort the notions of high/low, masculinity/femininity by advocating for the womanly values in my practice. I am interested in and have been associating with femininity through narratives with an array of strong female characters. The adolescent nostalgia I indirectly encountered and zealously fancied via books and popular culture are brought in through the carefully rendered images. I navigate my way around the territories and the boundaries of feminism, art, and popular culture by indirectly voicing out and adopting simple subject matters.
I bring in objects that can be found in middle-class domestic environment such as teabags and napkins. The mundane subject matters are often related to the private life of a person – me. They are isolated from the context and enlarged to highlight its existence. The pictures on the found objects act as a painting within a painting and the texts are now droll aphorisms obliquely stating the personal narrative. The texts, both borrowed and self-written, are clipped off from the background information and offers options that both expose and protect the speaker. They can be formatively confrontational bothering the viewers from reading the backdrop, or hidden at the far corner, submerged in colors and patterns discreetly suggesting an afterthought. The colliding and combining forms and texts encourage the viewers to ping and pong between the elements and compose one’s own meaning.
My prime material is gouache on paper, especially several sheets of separate papers joined to the desired size. The material itself reflects my interest in the social construction of gender and femininity; the modification of undemanding, inexpensive, and work-in-process aspect of a paper allowing me to bend the aesthetics of value and quality. I can physically handle the taped papers no matter the size unlike the canvas. As it is easily portable, I also can grasp and express without stopping while I constantly shift through studios, cities, and countries. The cutesy curvy handwritings, the drawing like quality of the relatively fast drying water soluble paints, the flat surface, and the hand-cut papers all question what is considered as profound. Through my art practice, I advocate for minority, diversity, and equality.