aka. Sun Mei,
“Dirty Laundry is a series of black and white relief prints that represent a physical manifestation of the pain and mental illness after traumatic experiences. The prints are put on a line to dry and makes the term “dirty laundry” come to life, as the most taboo topics of mental illness are hung up for everybody to see. It is set in a bedroom using a curtain rod, string, and command hooks. These pictures are based on the feelings of hopelessness and guilt one woul.d feel after a devastating event. The process of creating the prints is symbolic, since any mistakes created while carving cannot be undone, and you must work around it. The exhibition of the images demonstrates the lack of privacy and high levels of paranoia somebody would feel after a highly traumatic event. This rack is invasive, publicizing the figure’s most vulnerable moments. It is a visual diary of destructive thoughts and behaviours that one can feel without words. It draws upon influences from Chinese culture; specifically Lunar New Year and also graphic artists such as Satoshi Kon and Katsuhiro Otomo. The images depict a female figure in different stages of distress and hopelessness. The theme revolves around the loss of identity and control, becoming more disfigured overtime. Most of the prints make usage of reflections and cognitive distortion to further the subject of instability. Despite not having any words it is still able to communicate the ideas of grief and relapse. ”
Tammie Huang is a Chinese-born traditional artist completing her studies in digital painting and animation at OCAD University. Previously trained by mentors Diana Yang and Alva Gao, she has been practicing fine arts since she was a child. She often incorporates female figures into her work experimenting with realistic and surrealist styles. Her mediums of choice are often oil paints and graphite, but she also creates 3D renderings of objects and short silent animations. Born in Toronto, her art generally centers on representing Asian women in the media.She works in a variety of mediums, including printmaking and painting. Her work has been displayed at OCADU during their First-Year exhibition in 2017, and most recently at Yonge-Dundas Square for their group exhibition.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation
Major Completed, 2021
Digital Painting Painting