I am a Chinese native San Franciscan, who grew up speaking English. It wasn’t until coming to Hamilton College, and becoming a Chinese major, that I became fluent in the Chinese language. Our family follows some of my grandmother’s old customs that might go back centuries, but only when I studied abroad and became a three-month resident in 2015 Beijing, did I gain an understanding of modern day China.
My collection of digital prints explores the complexity and various perspectives of contemporary Chinese culture. Each print examines the divide and the bridge between east and west, traditional and contemporary. My work is a combination of computer-generated images, my own photographs and drawings. By referencing iconic landscapes and symbols, my pieces reflect the move towards urbanization, emerging technology and the projection of media.
These prints were made possible by the Steven Daniel Smallen Memorial Fund.