Artist Statement

My art are self-portraits. When I was a child, I was sexually taken advantage of. I kept that secret for most of my youth until my early 20's, where I broke the silence. I lived my life thinking I have contracted venereal diseases during my time of silence and the fear of it lingers.  I look within and thought about my life past and present when creating image in front of me.

Themes of identity, sexuality, memory, and innocence are explored in my works. Naive, yet depraved, figures exist often alone in settings inspired by my love for nature. I grew up being enthralled by National Geographic and Animal Planet and wanting to be a marine biologist. My father often took me out from the city to see the wonderful national parks in the US and beyond including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Banff. I even had an orchid garden during middle school when I was living in Thailand. Because of my experiences and fascination with nature, I often use it as a backdrop for my works. I attempt to show the audience what is like to live in a world where childhood was taken away too soon and perversion was unwillingly acquainted.

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