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self-portrait with Asian face

2019
Oil on Canvas
30''50''

My work contains my stories: they are my past, my present, and my future, told through self portraits.  I express my true self through these portraits, as well as illusions and ideals. Every piece of work is a process of seeking identity, desire, and emotion. These works transform the infinite imagination in my mind into a catharsis that is ultimately reflected in my work.

  

 

self-portrait

2019
Oil on Canvas

Painting myself with a brush may be the best way for me to interpret who I am. Self-portraits are my exploration of the inner self, where I am constantly injecting emotions, self-understanding, imagination, and expectation into a dialogue, continually exploring new languages with my own psyche and the canvas.

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self-portrait

2019
Oil on Canvas
50''50''

 My work expresses my understanding and commentary for the public world through naked bodies or deformed facial features. I divide and reposition my five senses in new ways, giving them new life and meaning. When I distort myself, I think about the relationships between people, such as the relationship between men and women. It is a relationship that stands on opposite sides. For example, women wear clothes and make-up to attract men, but what men really want to see is what’s underneath. I’m investigating the relationship between countries, and how I’m seen in one compared to another, with a sense of humor and the use of surrealism.

 

self​-portrait

2019
Oil on Canvas
50''50''

 My art has been influenced by Frida Kahlo, as she also worked with self portraits in exposing her inner self. Picasso can be seen here in the stylized, distorted faces and abstracted lines and shapes. I use the Korean animated character of Pucca, who represents a “China doll as satire in the work because I personally have had aesthetic surgery on my eyes, which is common in Asian countries. I also reference Chuck close in the realism in the work. His portrait called “Big Self-Portrait, 1967-8 where he is smoking, is seen in my painting where the cigarette becomes a pencil…and the his glasses become colored glasses…both being symbols of my viewing the world as an artist.

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Self-portrait

2019

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

35''45''

 
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Picaso's Portraits







2019

Oil on Canvas

30"38"

 

Oil painting portrait(6pc)

2019
Oil on panel,
11''14''

 
 

Illustration and graphic design

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self-portrait with puzzle 1

Oil on Panel, Whiteboard, magnet

My artwork was inspired by children's guessing games and puzzles. People are trying to know themselves, just like children in the process of learning. During the process of painting and creating, I find out what kind of person I am. It's like the first thing a child knows , who his mother is or where his mouth is. In my prevue artworks, the Picasso series, I took the figure apart, reorganized, and combined features again so that they looked strange and weird. However, these paintings give more profound meaning to audiences. 

    When my work is presented in front of people, they will try to recreate the work by collaging the pieces using the laws in their mind. In the puzzles series, I am adding more interaction with the audience. I cut 2 to 3 different self-portrait into 1 or 2-inch squares, and then I put them all in a closed black box. After that, I allow the audiences to roll a dice give them a number of how many squares they can choose. They will recompose my portrait in this process. When the frame is filled, I will get a new, reorganized self-portrait. This new portrait represents how I look like in other people’s eyes, and what kind of person I am. The audience becomes a part of my work, just like the public perception and feedback that they give to us, they cannot be controlled and guided by artists. In my artwork, like the limitation in our social interaction, each person can only get one part of the information and from their perspective, which will never be enough to know the real me. They only know what I am in their head.