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Artist Statement: This piece took inspiration from the Wing Luke Museum located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, where I participated in one of my first exhibits last summer. I transformed the brick walls of the exhibit alley into a white silhouette of the Historic Chinatown Gate and East Kong Yick building. Just as artists and cultural workers nourish the C-ID, the figures in my painting shape this blank space using colorful posters, physically building the neighborhood with their creative visions. Behind them, an elder proudly looks onward beside a poster of Wing Luke himself gazing at his legacy. Ahead, a mutual aid banner promotes the continued advancement of racial and social equity. Each detail conveys the same message: that despite past and present hardships, we must never stop daring to dream of a vibrant future.
TAYLOR YINGSHI is a 17-year-old artist currently living in Washington and seeking to pursue studies in art history and illustration. Her work often explores the preservation of heritage.