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Untitled (Tiger with tea leaves)

I was born in 1986, the year of the tiger. I saw this as a self-portrait expressing qualities I hope to have: bravery, confidence strength.

I chose to use tea leaves to highlight the cultural significance of this material – being native to Asia – and of my Chinese ethnicity. I used black tea, chrysanthemums, osmanthus, tiger lilies, and rose buds covered with resin.

When scattered onto the canvas, these tea leaves resembled fur.

 

I was born in 1986, the year of the tiger. I saw this as a self-portrait expressing qualities I hope to have: bravery, confidence strength.

I chose to use tea leaves to highlight the cultural significance of this material – being native to Asia – and of my Chinese ethnicity. I used black tea, chrysanthemums, osmanthus, tiger lilies, and rose buds covered with resin.

When scattered onto the canvas, these tea leaves resembled fur.

 

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