"Many may say that living with the collision of two cultures is a burden, but I find it a blessing in disguise."
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
18"x24", acrylic on canvas with 24kt gold, silver and copper highlights. 2005. The Hmong Paj Ntaub exists in two styles. The oldest form is the the "flower cloth" Paj Ntaub. The newest form, which first appeared in the Thailand refugee camps in the 1970's, is the "story cloth" Paj Ntaub.The Paj Ntaub is viewed worldwide, as art form perhaps unique to the Hmong. The skill necessary to create both the old, and more recent, art form, take years to master. These skills traditionally have been passed from mother to daughter, often from an early age when the child is first able to hold a needle.
This painting was inspired by, and created, to honor Hmong women and their dedication, devotion and commitment to preserving the literal and figurative, fabric of Hmong life.
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.