Photography by: Kristen Gladney

Photography by: Kristen Gladney

Statement

Prior to pursuing art, I studied Psychology for several years at University of California, Los Angeles. During of which I encountered Carl Jung’s work on the Shadow Aspect. According to Jung, every person carries a “shadow” — an unconscious layer of one’s personality which lurks below the surface of their conscious mind. This side of a person is linked to a more primitive animal instinct, which is superseded during early childhood. Jung believed that interactions with the shadow in dreams may shed light on one’s state of mind and reveal their true spirit.

Motivated by my fascination with the Shadow, my work is an exploration into the darker aspect of my own unconscious. My palette is typically very limited, with black as the predominant color. I prefer materials that have a primitive quality such as wood, raw wool and silk. Sometimes I layer them to represent the various levels of the unconscious. I also enjoy the juxtaposition of the hard against the soft, for instance, pairing silk against rusty metal.

For the Lamb Girl series, I adopted the metaphor of the black sheep to express my own fear of being an outcast. Having grown up in an immigrant family and introverted by nature, I’ve experienced my share of alienation and discomforts of not belonging. The girls in my portrait are part woman and part sheep, the sheep parts represent the submersed animal instincts. Although the portraits of my subjects fill up the canvas and can be considered very “present”, they are at the same time “veiled” and in some ways hidden from the audience. Each of them lurk in the elusive space between dream and reality.