"Waiting... 24 years," hand colored, stitched, six layer silkscreen, artist proof (AP)
This envelope is part of a larger series of work "Anticipation/Preoccupation," all of the works in this series relate to waiting for the results of my DNA test with biological family members in China. The imagery portrayed displays a mailbox, a DNA kit, and a Chinese red envelope. Each item holds significance to my story and personal narrative. The mailbox refers to my limited contact with my biological mother and sister. It expresses the initial resistance I felt towards contacting them as well as the hopefulness of finding them. The DNA kit depicts the MyHertitage DNA test we took to confirm if we were actually blood relatives. These results took far longer than expected, hence the title but finally came back in late April and after over 23 years of wondering, I found my biological sister and family. Lastly, the red envelope refers to 2007 when i revisited China and met my foster family. During this unexpected visit I received a red envelope and was told that this was the luckiest day of my life, because it was rare that adoptees could locate foster families or biological families. I feel extremely fortunate to have found them and have yet to go back to China to meet them.
Zine: "Hope We Are All Family," stitched silkscreen on shuji gami paper, edition of 4
"Offering," stitched silkscreen, etching, hair, and menstrual blood on handmade floral paper, artist proof (AP)
"Blanket for an Infant," silkscreen on repurposed bedsheet, donation to Pyramid Atlantic's Permanent Collection, 1/1
Lucky Day! 8” x 5” silkscreen on lama li lokta paper, edition of 3, April 2019