"I am very impressed with your knowledge and abilities to articulate with words and through your artwork the passion you have for preserving our Hmoob history. Your innovative artwork has definitely forced me to reflect on my own ambitions."
The Blake School
The tunnel linking the Hopkins Lower School to the Middle School is undergoing a colorful transformation thanks to art teacher Seexeng Lee and a group of Blake student-artists. Look for more on this project in the months to come! (Video by Nadia Lee) [read more]
Post on: June 8, 2015 9:56:00 AM
24"x36", acrylic on canvas with 24kt gold, silver and copper leaf highlights. 2005. I believe that we, the Hmong are some of the most resilient people to set foot on this earth. Then we were farmers, living in our ancestral homeland- high hills and mountains of China. Then we express ourselves with threads and needles. Now we are doctors, lawyers, educators, politicians and etc. Now, we expressed ourselves with paint and paint brushes.
July 1st and 3rd, 2010. There is no denying the fact that I along with many of my fellow Hmong mourn the loss of a courageous and resilient warrior who at times has shown to all of us that he too is subject to human frailties. His death represents an end of an era for Hmong in America. There will be no other like General Vang Pao. His courage in battle will be missed; his legacy of the war years will be honored by his compatriots and his time in Laos and in America will be studied by scholars and long remembered.
24"x36", acrylic on canvas. 2013. The traveler---one who is on the move, moving from place to place through space, ideas, cultures and time signifying that change is inevitable. Yet it is more than change, is transformation. I believe that these changes, for the most part are for the better. They are always inevitable, despite resistance from elders. Even when one starts from a dark, sad and at times unbearable place, with strong work ethic, morals, support from others, and a sprinkle of luck, success may follow. Most importantly is not losing one's sense of hope. I strongly believe beautiful changes can and mostly likely will occur. We witness this transformation on a daily basis and throughout nature's wonders. The title comes from medieval times when Alchemy, the creation of something special from something common, was common.
8" x 10"x14", sculptural materials, spray paint with 12kt white gold leaf highlights 2009. I was compelled to create this piece due to these comments made by 2 of my fellow Hmong in You Tube on one of my video of a Qeej player-playing the Qeej in a more traditional manner: "I think this movement is great. If u can do this at funeral homes allot of people will praise u on your technique. Especially the OG's who are there watching."
"HAHAHH OG Qeej Movement STYLE hahaah!"
I strongly believe that change is necessary for anything to remain viable, but changes that detract itself from its origin, linage and or made of no substance are meaningless.