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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

Emerging Artist: Sarah Jamieson

I have been on a small Hiatus due to a new job I got and the rush of the Holidays, but I am back with a great emerging artist to feature!

Sarah Jamieson has a BA in Painting from Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. What’s so great about sharing her work right now, is the time of year we are in. I was looking through her work and just seeing the pastel colors and shades of whites were reminding me of a winter snow. Featuring her for the month of December fits very well!

The paintings Jamieson creates are geometrically focussed and feature a lightness to them. The colors and composition are pleasing to the eye just as themselves, but once you read her artist statement, these paintings transform from their beauty to their technical concept. Jamieson focusses on the geography of the world by creating objects from existing maps. She explains her inspiration to continue with the changing land surfaces and organic attributes like color changes, shapes, and patterns.

Jamieson’s statement is clearly represented in her work without the needs of the technical side of map making. Her paintings merge from a traditional uniformal map to a visual transcending into a beautified image celebrating the organics of maps. The painting featuring the 12 circles with various blue shapes, colors, and mark making remind me of the maps we see showing different time zones, even the mapping of tides is reminiscent in this work. One of my favorites is the circular canvas painting of the dark blue circle with dark blue shapes inside of it, this work reminds me of the moon or the visual of earth when the sun is not facing it, creating darkness. The colors radiate this rich jewel tone and almost a romantic feeling because of the liveliness of the shapes.

This type of work is an extremely organic approach to using maps as an inspiration for creating the work. I have seen many artists who use the literal form of maps, but this is a fresh take and I really like where Jamieson is going with her work and hope to see more in the future!

To see more of her paintings visit Sarah Jamieson’s website,

http://www.artistsarahjamieson.com