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Originally done for UCLA's home test, which asked applicants to interpret the color yellow.

In attempting to address the significance of yellow in ancient China, I explored the dichotomy of yellow - how it can at once represent both opulence and fear. In the background, cracked, infertile earth adds another layer of meaning.


This piece is part of a series in which I explored China’s linguistics. My ultimate goal was to break down currently held stereotypes about my heritage while bridging the communication gap that continues to exist in spoken words.

This painting is an interpretation of 鲜, meaning fresh.
A study of kimono patterns.



Inspired after reading Concubines and Courtesans. First time experimenting with aquatint in printmaking.