I'm excited to announce that this year's weekly project is called #TWmemorymondays! Every Monday of 2018, I will be painting a piece inspired by a memory. This will sort of be an autobiographical art project, where I'll share many visceral memories from my life - early childhood to now. I'm also hoping that I'll insert some of your memories this year too!
The reason I chose memory is that in the practice of being more present, it is helpful to be informed and thankful for the past. There are so many small details of growing up that I don't ever want to forget, and its crazy how much I can't remember. This project will hopefully remind me of those stories and details, connect me more to those who have shaped me, and help me process the specific experience as an Asian American. I also hope that it connects us in seeing our commonalties and differences.
This piece is inspired by my first memory:
I remember being on my first airplane ride. I am 3 years old, and my mom is really pregnant with my sister. Somehow my dad isn't there...I think he was in Florida for business. In was nighttime, and the lights were dim. I remember there being alot of beige. The cabinets were beige. The seats were beige. The seatbelts were beige. The carpet was beige. So my mom tells me to go to sleep as she buckels me in horizontally while I lay across two seats. I can feel the plasticy zippy seatbelt straps. I was wrapped in the comfort of knowing my mom was there, and it surrounded my little body snugly.
And that's my first memory!
#TWmemorymondays: A painting inspired by a memory every Monday of 2018. Connecting abstract art to real life. Week 1/53. 'First Memory' / 8x8 in / mixed media on paper