I make portraits and still lifes to tell immigrant stories and to learn what it might have been like for my paternal Japanese grandfather and maternal Chinese grandfather when they came to America. Seven of these immigrant portraits from the series “Interrupted Landscapes of The Incomer” were selected to be installed on the Art Wall of the Minneapolis/St Paul airport’s Silver Ramp. The images are fabricated by punching various size holes into anodized aluminum sheets.
“Interrupted Landscapes” combines my experience of working in commercial studios photographing on white seamless paper and environmental portraiture. I use the paper to highlight my subjects the way society sees them….as “The Other.”
The still lifes from “No Claim”, also a result of my commercial work, are a reminder of foods I ate as a child. At the time, food like duck paws and octopus were seen as exotic. Today they are more commonly seen in restaurants and grocery stores.
The mask and portrait from “SARS-CoV-2” are my response to the 2020 pandemic and anti-Chinese sentiment. With the violence against Asians in America, I am witnessing what my ancestors experienced many years ago.
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