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Emerging Artist: Jessica So Ren Tang

For awhile I have been obsessed with Jessica So Ren Tang’s work and was itching to feature her art on the blog!

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Jessica works with embroidery as her medium. Her work is based on the Asian American identity and the idea of being too much or not enough of either Asian or American. She creates objects which negate themselves through their materials. While her figures feature Asian embroidery designs upon the skin which conceal the identity of the woman to reach a broader spectrum of all Asian women.

The color choice of thread is constantly high chroma and exciting. The embroidery itself is eye catching, but the color enhances their effect on the viewer.

The objects feature Asian noodle cups, classic Asian china (plates, cups etc.), and other objects embroidered after the literal object. This is where Jessica refers to Asian American objects of which appear to be the literal, but are a rejection of what they are by being constructed of a totally different material.

Looking at Jessica’s figures, we are not just seeing an anonymous woman with a classic Asian embroidery, but posed in intimate moments. Each woman is in a state of undress or undressing. It is as if she is stripping away her individual identity to show a lack of identity or a broad spectrum of identities all Asian women share. When we explore race, people will always think of attributes races will all share; for example with Asian women, people will automatically presume them to have long black hair, almond eyes, an olive cast to their skin tone, and are thin. Where this is true for some, but not all, this is where clumping race into one identity fails and strips people from their own individuality and humanity. At the same time if we think of this as uniting a broad spectrum of Asian women through they shared heritage, it can also be seen in a positive light.

What is so fascinating about Jessica’s work other than her phenomenally beautiful embroidery technique is her layered narratives. One can look at her work and see all the various subjects she touches upon and ways of viewing people and identity. Her work starts a broader conversation about race, how we perceive people, and how people perceive themselves.

 

To view more of Jessica’s work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram!

https://jessicasorentang.com

https://www.instagram.com/jessicasorentang/

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Emerging Artist: David Aronson

So it’s was kind of the weirdest way I came across David Aronson, but it was through Instagram, he had liked one of my paintings, so I creeped on his profile and was like whoa he’s got some cool paintings! I had to know more and found out that this story gets even crazier, that is, we are both from Florida. So, this is exciting to feature a fellow artist from Florida, I have not done so before. He currently lives and works in New York City, NY, but regardless, from Florida. He has a degree in Painting from the University of Florida.

Currently on Aronson’s website he has three collections of work, Divinity, Mythology, and Exalted. The work is tied to various religious themes. On the blog I have featured work from Mythology because it’s what first caught my eye on his Instagram. These paintings have a quirky quality with various characters depicted in these surreal like worlds. Mythology is based around people with supernatural powers, animals with power with human-like qualities, there are also hybrids of humans and animals. When I look at these paintings I see those depictions. While I cannot exactly pinpoint concrete people of ancient myths, I can find similarities and allusions; for example, Bug and Bird, the bird of which has an owl face calls to mind the Egyptian owl, Owl of Thebes who is seen in ancient paintings perched on the God Osiris’ lap. Owls were a symbol of Freedom in ancient Egypt.

Looking at the painting Mr. Pig, in relation to religious themes reminds me of how in various practices Pigs are considered unclean, they eat basically anything, left over scraps etc. so therefore eating pork would make a person unclean. Observing the smirk on Mr. Pig’s face and the fact he is wearing a suit and suits are associated with cleanliness and wealth, takes a turn for how we perceive pigs. He is a clean pig… or is he? The smirk may mean otherwise, an unclean mind maybe? Remember these are all of my own observations of the work, I examine it based on what I see, so what I think may not be the artist’s intention, but that’s the beauty of art, we all get something different out of the work!

I could spend all day figuring out the puzzle of Aronson’s work and identifying the narrative and it’s fun to do, the work is fun to look at!

To see more of David Aronson’s work you can visit his official website: http://www.david-aronson.com

Or you can follow him on Instagram and see photos of his complete work and works in progress: https://instagram.com/davidaronson/

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Jasper Hills

As today is the Polar Vortex and people are either snowed in or just afraid of cold weather, I hope you are enjoying your hibernation and you can also enjoy today’s Emerging Artist. I on the other hand braved the weather today (of which was a measly 34 degrees), but now it’s back to art business.

While wandering around the internet I stumbled upon Jasper Hills, a painter. He is from Australia, other than this there is not much information on him at all really, I dug pretty hard, he only has an official Tumblr page, http://jasperhills.tumblr.com/

Hills, in most of his work has been working in a technique used in acrylics I have seen a thousand times over, but what is unique about his approach are the colors and the shapes. The surfaces are not just traditional geometrics of square and rectangle paintings, there are circles and diamonds as well. The colors also make his work stand out above other artists working this way. He mixes bright pinks, pastels, browns, whites, and purples. Some of the colors have such high chroma they almost look like neon lights, while other paintings have more whites with muted reds and blues. His work shows the interaction between colors and innovation of the surface.