I was commissioned to create a series of installation art for Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. They asked me to create Snow, Surf, Skate inspired art to describe Asian American identity.
The series was inspired by board culture mixed with modern twist of 4 Chinese mythological creatures. I designed 4 characters to ride on a different animal. Each artwork is made of bamboo panels consist of 4 layers to achieve semi 3D look. Each peice is about 15" wide and 30" tall.
The Four Symbols (Chinese: 四象; pinyin: Sì Xiàng) are four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon, (Qing Long) of the East, the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que) of the South, the White Tiger (Bai Hu) of the West, and the Black Turtle (Xuan Wu) of the North. Each one of them represents a direction and a season, and each has its own individual characteristics and origins.