As a child of a Chinese immigrant family in North America, Priscilla was perpetually reminded to be practical about her future. But after over a decade as a health care professional, she began to feel dissatisfied with the direction of her life. Priscilla turned to creative outlets to find a voice and to explore her identity as a woman of color. She was drawn to glass because it is inherently paradoxical, constantly in a state of fragility and permanency. She returned to school in 2015 to pursue a bachelor’s in Craft and Design from Sheridan College and completed her Master of Fine Arts at Illinois State University in 2022.
Priscilla uses glass and other mediums to create work as an act of remembrance of the collective intersectional adversity minority women continue to face. Her work highlights the astute way in which our inherent patriarchal society has affected the Asian female position within its structure and how it maintains control through cultural and social expectations and normalized gender roles.
Priscilla employs visual language containing artifacts of patriarchy from her childhood that have since become pop culture icons. The symbolism of these images is far removed from their original medium and their patriarchal foundation, making them easy to manipulate and go undetected while subtly reinforcing social norms and binary systems.
Ultimately, Priscilla views her work as a nostalgic and whimsical, yet mischievous way of documenting where women, particularly immigrant women, are placed within a societally prescribed racial framework and hopes to initiate discourse about this reality to spark change.
To learn more, visit Priscilla’s website HERE.