Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2023

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author's Department

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



My studio practice focuses on the Asian American diaspora and the feelings of displacement that arise from being away from one’s homeland. This paper traces the beginning of my journey to find a way to make art that observes and applies Buddhist philosophies, practices and acknowledges the intrinsic energy found in all things. I create sculptures inspired by the qi of rocks to explore my ongoing struggles with my bicultural identity. Through the continuous pouring of wax and plaster that create stalagmites on to domestic objects, I imbue positive qi into my artworks to pass on to whoever seeks it. I use my sculptures to create spaces for other Asian Americans who seek acceptance, familiarity, and relief from cultural alienation.



Program Chair

Lisa Bulawsky

Thesis Text Advisor

Denise Ward-Brown

Thesis Text Advisor

Monika Weiss

Faculty Mentor

Denise Ward-Brown

Committee Member

Heather Bennett

Committee Member

Amy Hauft

Committee Member

Patricia Olynyk

Artist's Statement

My practice focuses on using objects to talk about displacement, specifically how displacement brings feelings of unhappiness and isolation to many Asian Americans in America. I draw reference from memories and stories passed on to me by my ancestors in order to create artwork that speaks about the larger American Asian American diaspora and how it has affected other Asian immigrants. I imbue positive qi into my sculptures through intense labor and repetitive pouring, hoping to make the strength of my intention known to whoever view my artworks. I want this positive qi to be accessible to whoever is willing to seek it, and that they will be able to pass on this energy. My sculptures allow me to explore my bicultural identity and create spaces that emanate positive qi to give people a sense of comfort and safety.