artist statement

My world is one that is chromatic in sight but hazy in sound. Because of my hearing disability, I navigated life through decoding body language and interpreting conversations, my mind constantly solving endless crossword puzzles. By observing the environment around me, my visual senses took on new heights. I excelled in spatial awareness and learned to express myself through conceptual thinking, often ideating in three-dimension. I could not just tell a story—I needed to show it.

These curiosities led me to pursue a BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley and a career in visual design, both fields influencing my art. As a result, my body of work consists of colour field paintings filled with vibrant ovular forms and curves—usually symmetrical to achieve a sense of harmony and balance. Philosophical themes, such as those derived from Bentham’s Panopticon and Escher’s Relativity, motivated me to create abstract art that encourages different ways of seeing, thinking, and experiencing. Inspired by such illusions, I design my paintings to challenge viewers’ perception and to provoke sensory distortion. The geometric compositions and juxtaposition of colour in these works activate movement and contort gravity, producing an immersive experience.

As I create as a form of diaristic documentation, my paintings are intimate landscapes of my many states of being. Each combination of hues and contours create something unexpected, augmenting paradoxical feelings that the viewer may not have known existed. The paintings embolden one to measure their emotions, with colours acting as temperature. The minimalist nature of these compositions ensure that there are few distractions, allowing the audience to focus on seeing.

While my work challenges perception and explores human emotions, its significance also lies in its methodology and personal process. By painting freehand and with the naked eye, I learned not only to foster precision, but also to push my abilities beyond sight. Using my hands as tools and focusing on my strengths empowered me to trust myself, something I never did to my disability.