My artworks define my identity by photography and painting of self-portraits. Photography is the reproduction of my world, my mind and myself. Once the photos are taken, I observe the world and my “self” again as a third person. I photograph myself though different settings and angles. By studying them, especially my facial expressions, I rediscover my different characters, which is not only a woman, but an identity that share my multicultural background and experience.
I observed and search my identity as a woman artist in the western society after I moved out Hong Kong, where I spent my childhood and adolescent life. To understand my identity, I often photograph and paint portraits of others and myself. For this series titled “Emerging Self”, I use my photographic self-portrait as reference to create a series of headshot format paintings. I present these paintings with the collage of bold colors that may evoke viewers’ emotion of their identity and culture. I view the collage of bold colors as a mean to represent modern women life in this colorful diverse culture society and our strong mind in determination and acceptance of who we are.