A Sweet Combination of Art & Design
1 Storytelling – from the primordial firepit to the modern day flatscreen
2 Culture making – creating from the potency of raw materials
3 Honeybeeing – living a life inspired by the gentle altruistic minions who reflect true community
Inspired by these three elements, I've developed this interactive interface that transforms my life into a dynamically blended honeycomb. Stories of my artwork and design portfolio are preserved here, along with containers of sweet resources and inspiration from my day-to-day life. Here you will discover things that I am researching, books & magazines I love, and people & organizations that move me. I have a deep love for bees and hope that while you enjoy my portfolio, you'll catch some inspiring facts of these extraordinary creatures. Enjoy and share!
In 2005, I graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Communication Design. During my studies, I also had the privilege to participate in an exchange program in Holland at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Since 2006, I have been working as a freelance graphic designer, focused on developing quality, effective and relevant solutions for the needs of my clients. I believe graphic design is a potent tool for social change and love working with clients that are likeminded. My design process is client centered and flexible. So please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to work together.
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Although I have lived most of my life in Canada, I was born in Lintong, China. Lintong, a county close to Xian, holds one of the most significant archeological discoveries in Chinese history: the site of the Terracotta Army and the burial tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di (259 BC – 210 BC). Being surrounded by ancient architecture, ceramic and paintings, my place of birth has had a significant impact on my imagination and aesthetic direction.
My recent work is best described as figurative and animal imagery in landscape. As a genre, figurative landscape can be defined as an artistic tryst between body and place, whereby both expressions co-exist in dynamic equilibrium. My essential goal is to incorporate realm; and by realm I am referencing the Taoist reverence for an aesthetic field that forms “the integration of feeling with scenery”1 and the christocentric paradigm of incarnation, whereby immanence and transcendence co-exist as a unified reality. Challenging viewers to evaluate mankind as a collective body, I visually wrestle with depicting the existential state of flux between humanity, nature and technology. By recontextualizing body-based metaphors into biomorphic landscape, my work challenges viewers to answer: What does it mean to be a body?
In my artwork, my aim is to create a contemplative space that points to wholeness–to call awareness to the audience’s sense of fragmentation in this present day, and to reconcile to oneself in what it means to be fully human2.
Artist Statement Footnote
1 Yijie Tang, Zhen Li, George F. McLean, “Man and Nature: the Chinese Tradition and the Future”, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 1989
2 Gregory Wolfe, “Art, Faith and the Stewartship of Culture”. Image Journal, Issue #25, Winter ‘99/’00: 19 pars.