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Symmetry(or lack of) (Acrylic on Paper, 18"x24", 2023)
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I use the abstract expressionist method of translating music to visuals. This approach is action-oriented and led by stream-of-consciousness mark making.The work processes my understanding and continual exploration of the history of and around the Secret War, a CIA-led bombing campaign in Laos. Connecting personal family history to world history, this work speaks to the past, present and hopeful future experiences of being in the Lao diaspora. My work aims to pique a curiosity about global hidden histories and how they shape our identities.
Image Year of the Lion, Mixed Media, 18"x24", 2023 This piece is about my experience always living near a large Asian diaspora, but never one that reflects my full identity as a Lao person. Although there are cultural intersections between multiple Asian identities, upon taking a closer look it makes no sense to see Asian identity as a monolith.
Image Symmetry (or lack of), Mixed Media, 18"x24", 2023
Image Dreaming of Luangprabang--White Americans Tell me it's Great There, Mixed Media Collage, 18"x24", 2023 This piece reflects on my mother's childhood home that not only went through a fire, but also eventually got gentrified into a French restaurant years after it was abandoned by her refugee family. It is a bittersweet feeling knowing that Luangprabang is a safe place to visit now, but that there is no longer a family home where there once was.
Image 9 Years, Ink on Paper, 18"x24", 2023 The estimated 270 Million bombs dropped onto Laos by America is equivalent to a planeload of bombs being dropped onto the country every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day for 9 years.
Image The Menu, Ink on Paper, 18"x24", 2023 Laos and Cambodia had millions of civilian causalities due to America's reckless bombing of Southeast Asia to intimidate North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The US bombing missions onto Cambodia were nicknamed by "breakfast", "lunch" and "dinner" and often times leftovers were littered onto Laos, making it the most bombed country in human history per capita.
Image Rolling Mountains, Rollercoaster, Ink on Paper, 18"x24", 2023
This piece references the destruction of Laos's landscape as American journalists describe Laos as an "amusement park" when they would make visits during Vietnam War Era.
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