Each issue we feature some of our readers to highlight the diversity and stories of Asian women around the world. Here are these issue’s ladies!
Artist (Above): Lauren T. Hashima // IG: @anxiouslittlearies Medium: Digital, app used Procreate Pieces (L to R): “Bachans”, “Emotions – inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Storm’”, “The Dolls – Kim Chi” (part of a series), “Somebody’s Baby – BLM”
Statement of Intent: This piece was inspired by the artist Su Blackwell’s sculptural art style. I spent a lot of my high school time in the school library. It was a safe space for me and it always evokes certain emotions when I think about it. It is a location that I have an attachment to and where I go to relax. I want to show how that special place makes me feel. I created a very mystical sculpture to showcase the different textures, colors, and feelings of the library that I see, touch, and smell everyday. Fairy tales have always been my most favorite genre, so I was inspired by their mystical elements while creating this piece. I used pages from classic fairy tales and created this sculpture as if when you opened the book, the comfort of the stories and the library pours out of it.
About the artist: I am a Filipina with my BS and MS in Civil Engineering, and I have my license as a Professional Engineer. The reference for this painting is a happy picture of me as an engineering student, excited for what is ahead in my field. But layered atop this childlike happiness/excitement are the challenges that come with being a female engineer of color in construction: the constant feeling of impostor syndrome, discrimination, sexism, and racism in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry. Above these difficulties though, I want this to be a constant reminder for myself of how big of an accomplishment this is — not only does entering engineering as a woman of color take a lot intellectually, but it also takes a lot mentally and spiritually. Survival warrants strength and passion.
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