Color Graces (2013 – 2016)

My photographic work over the past decade has explored the illusionary possibilities of photography as a creative medium of contemporary expression. The multi-layered staging of paradoxical dualities within the theme of idealized female imagery investigates the issues of race, culture, identity, and perception in today’s pluralistic societies. This series hybridizes the photographed bodies of multi-racial and multi-ethnic women of today with European classical sculpture heads, then digitally renders each figure from head to toe in the original skin color of the model. The illusory sculptural effect of these hybrid figures is attained through a painstakingly meticulous digital rendering process in which the entire skin surface of each figure is digitally touched up pixel by pixel. These “graces” embrace paradoxical states of  being human and goddess, ideal and actual, past and present, ultimately reflecting on the meaning of being human in the seeming complexities of contemporary societies.

Season of Being IV, Lightjet print , 59 "x 82", 2013Season of Being IV-detailAn exhibition view.Here and Now, Lightjet print ,73.3"x 59", 2013Window sample-To See What Eyes Cannot See, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2",2013To Hear What Ears Cannot Hear, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2", 2013To Speak What Words Cannot Say, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2", 2013To See What Eyes Cannot See; To Hear What Ears Cannot Hear; To Speak What Words Cannot Say, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 141.6", 2013
Season of Being IV

Season of Being IV, Lightjet print , 59 "x 82", 2013

Season of Being IV-detail
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An exhibition view.

Here and Now

Here and Now, Lightjet print ,73.3"x 59", 2013

Window sample-
To See What Eyes Cannot See

To See What Eyes Cannot See, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2",2013

To Hear What Ears Cannot Hear

To Hear What Ears Cannot Hear, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2", 2013

To Speak What Words Cannot Say

To Speak What Words Cannot Say, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 47.2", 2013

Triptych

To See What Eyes Cannot See; To Hear What Ears Cannot Hear; To Speak What Words Cannot Say, Lightjet print , 53.2 "x 141.6", 2013