January 13 - March 18
Asian American artist Sherry Xiao explores her desire to belong to the presumed Asian American identity using elements of Chinese calligraphy. Xiao plays with the word “banana,” which sounds very similar to “thinking of home” in Chinese, and is also a slang term for Asian Americans who possess yellow skin but have been immersed in Western culture. Additionally, Xiao probes the nature of internet communication in the age of Skype, presenting abstracted patches of color mimicking the way images become grids of squares during a video chat.
Word Play is a presentation of community art produced by local children transforming Chinese characters into art. Special thanks to the young artists and community members from the Asian American Cultural Center, the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, and the Austin Chinese School.