Kwee, Kimberly

Kwee, Kimberly

Email Address: [email protected]
Website: www.kimberlykwee.com
Medium: Mixed Media
Region: Central
Residence: Little Rock

Naming is a powerful human tool. Thus, it is also a political tool. I began to see this as I learned my family's history. My mother's family fled anti-Chinese laws in Indonesia like "Presidium Directive 240", which mandated all Chinese families to adopt Indonesia names. They lost their traditional names and adopted new ones. Their story influences my drawings. In drawing, there is a reversal of language in which names disappear. A drawing is a separate space that I create to examine one thing cut from another. Stitching back together the pieces reclaims the names. They begin a new story.



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