My art is in the Women and Art Exhibition at the Kariton Art Gallery which will be running for the month of March. I thought it would be fitting to post about it on International Women’s Day. There are a lot of great local artists who are part of the show, so hope you make it out to check out the great variety of fantastic work.
The piece that I have is a mixed media 3D piece titled “Fitting In.” The work was about looking at how we have a history of dividing people into parts when we talk about people who are biracial or multiracial. There is a tendency to say something like, “She is half white and half Asian.” I remember as a kid how uncomfortable I felt about that. What half of me is white and what half of me is Asian? Is there a line down the middle? Which way? Horizontally or vertically? Diagonally?
Biracial and multiracial are not necessarily my favourite words, but I like them better than saying I am half this and half that. The photos are all of me–cut in half and evenly distributed in the white box and the yellow box. I hope the piece makes people go, “hmmmmm,” and encourages folks to think outside the box.