漢的屏風 – “Spring-Autumn Festival” and “Emerald City” Editions, 2020
Chinese screens date back to the Eastern Zhou period (771–256 BCE). They were initially one-panel screens in contrast to folding screens. Folding screens were invented during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). Inspired by a traditional folding screen at the Macao Museum (澳門博物館), my artwork aspires to depict the typical scenes on these folding screens: a legend, cultural landmarks and values, and/or daily life at the time of creation. Screens, as well as other utilitarian tools and decorations, are a form of physical storytelling and timepieces passed down from generation to generation. Reflecting on my own experiences growing up in South Seattle, I draw upon multiple moments from my life, from various locations meaningful to me in the greater-Seattle area, and combine them on an “origin” screen, a personal representation of how I view and interact with the city.
Every single graphic element on the screen is symbolic in my life: my house and doggies in South Beacon Hill; me sprinting to catch the 106 bus (now the 107 route); me breaking both my arms while biking on Beacon Avenue; me spending time at Benefit Park; my Popo, sister, and me waiting for the bus to go to Chinatown; the power lines along the Chief Sealth Trail; Daejeon Pavilion Park; my sister playing tennis at Jefferson Park; the shared viewpoints of our Seattle skyline from Jefferson Park and the Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge; a Cleveland High School Eagle landing in the Souf Seattle neighborhood; lion dancing and Seafair dragon runs on the streets of Chinatown; me riding the Sound Transit to UW; and my University’s four columns that represent four main features of LIFE: Loyalty, Industry, Efficiency, and Faith; and highlighting my favorite of these four pillars, Faith.
The two different versions of my artwork that I created, “Spring-Autumn Festival” and “Emerald City,” use color combinations that represent the distinct seasons and reputations of the city. “Spring-Autumn Festival” combines the marvelous looks of Seattle’s fall and spring seasons into one “festival” fusion. “Emerald City” uses a color range of emerald and gold hues to epitomize this city’s status as the shining gem of the Pacific Northwest.
Ultimately, this screen symbolizes faith, thanks, and love for my community. I feel strong when I do something for my community because my community has done a lot for me, and has given me strength. I hope that young artists in my South Seattle community can keep producing art and elevating our neighborhood, because we advance together.