Windowpane is an examination of the self through art historical cultural ties, to better understand myself and myself as part of the Asian American diaspora. Cultural artifacts align us with a cultural self and actual self, and we become desperate to cling to anything that ties us to our culture. There is an erasure associated with diaspora and a tension regarding righting previous violations of this erasure, wether it’s something stemming from the self or something realized in art history.
How do we express diasporic experiences? Through the dithering of images and illustrations, layering, and disconnection in transmitted communication, the value of memory and effects of nostalgia arise. Emphasis is placed on obscurity versus clarity, and a breaking of ties in connection with feelings of displacement that are common among the Asian American diaspora. This project aims to visualize these emotions and give joy through the act of discovering. Beyond the nostalgia lies an optimism in the movement of seeing and being able to retell these cultural narratives, yet there a stability and closure in realizing some of these disconnections.