Large - 73x103x3cm Mixed Media on Wood
I’ve learned throughout my life that it’s ok to be different. Growing up, I never really felt like I fit in. My Asian friends told me I was too caucasian and my Caucasian friends didn’t understand my family culture so I never really felt completely part of a group. I always thought there was something wrong with me. But as I grew older, one of the biggest things I’ve learned is to be comfortable inside my own skin. I realised we shouldn’t have to act a certain way in order to be accepted. Changes in who we are as a person should occur naturally and shouldn't be forced.
Each painting is like a verse of my life. When I painted ‘Magical Wildfire’, I decided to use reds and blues to symbolise the differences we have between one another. Aesthetically, I’d normally blend them into purples but I didn’t. I didn’t because I wanted to show there is harmony and balance in very different things. I wanted to materialise the feeling of finding acceptance within oneself and letting go of changing others or expecting change.
This painting is a reminder that there’s no need to compromise who we are as a person in order to reach others expectations of who or what we should be and that it’s completely fine to march to the beat of your own drum.