About the Artist

 

Where the magic happens…

 

After being diagnosed with severe depression when I was 21, I’ve found that acknowledging and appreciating the little things I come across helps me move my life along, one day at a time. I was nervous to add my mental diagnosis to my online artist bios, because I don’t want the word “depression” to define me. Eventually I accepted depression as a part of who I am. Doing so has allowed me to take myself, and my artwork more seriously.

I grew up in Richmond and Oakland, California (part of the San Francisco Bay Area - for those who aren't familiar with the area). Like most refugee families that fled the Vietnam War by boat, we were poor, but we were together. My parents worked hard so we had a roof over our head, food on the table, and opportunity that they didn’t have when they were kids. Both cities have had a profound influence on my life. Richmond was where I spent most of my time but Oakland was my comfort zone. Oakland was where I spent time on the weekends, either out grocery shopping in Chinatown with Grandma, visiting the family restaurant, or attending Chinese school. My parents later opened a business in East Oakland, so I spent a lot of time there as well. I started at community college and then transferred to San Jose State University in San Jose, California,. There I studied under international textile artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, who still remains a mentor and friend to this day.

Paris became my home and inspiration as of March 2017. After having spent nearly a decade in the tech and video game industry, I sold most of what I had and made the move to France to focus on my work and to be with my husband. It’s here where I’m realizing that I'm making progress and that if I try, then things will happen.

I’m hoping my followers will join me on this new adventure and be inspired to do things they’ve always wanted to do. Most importantly, there will be inspiration and kindness to those who seek it.

Languages spoken include English, Teochew, Cantonese, French, some German, some Japanese. 

CURRENT/ONGOING PROJECTS

2017      Mushroom sculptures (fiber)

2016      Little House Series (photography, illustration, and sculpture)

Contributions

2019 WIP, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York (US)

2018 “Whys of the Wheres : A Map Brothers Movie”, Storyboard/Production Artist, Los Angeles, CA (US)

2018 “A Little World of Unfiltered Curiosities Because Pourquoi Pas”, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York (US)

2017     Draw for Animals, Chester Zoo Fundraiser (UK)

EXHIBITIONS

2016 Group Exhibit, Fiber and Cloth Art Show, The Haight Gallery, San Francisco, California

2016      Group Exhibit, Fresh, San Francisco, California

2016      Solo Exhibit, Forest of Stories, San Francisco, California

2008     Solo Exhibit, Between Two Worlds, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

2008     Group Exhibit, Dimensional Textiles Exhibit, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

PUBLICATIONS

2017    BAAU Down Comic Anthology Volume 16

2011     BAAU Down Comic Anthology Volume 10

2010    SonicWALL Visualization Dashboard Feature Module

2008    SonicWALL Secure Wireless Network Integrated Solutions Guide

2006    BAAU Down Comic Anthology Volume 5