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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.
This piece was featured in Chase JP Morgan’s 30 seconds commercial and featured on digital platforms and national TV in North America in 2018.

 

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.
This piece was featured in Chase JP Morgan’s 30 seconds commercial and featured on digital platforms and national TV in North America in 2018.

 

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