Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Illustration Friday - Roots



This is actually an old painting, but I thought it fit the topic. I was thinking about my ancestry and my lack of roots, my search for identity. I'm half Asian and half Finnish, and in some ways feel connected to both sides of my ancestry, and in some ways estranged from both. I most definitely look Asian and have a Chinese last name, and I'm proud of my heritage. Most people perceive me as Asian because of the way I look, but should I identify more with one half simply because I look that way? I don't really know that much about Asian culture, so am I buying into the whole Asian pride thing just because of the way I look?

It's so complicated. 99% of the time I don't think about it at all, but every once in a while something will happen (like random strangers on the street talking to me in various Asian languages) to make me keenly aware of the fact that I look very Asian, while in reality I feel so disconnected from my roots.

6 comments:

Mustashrik said...

top job on this one liz!

;)

ArtGhost said...

Thanks! Glad you like it.

coffee81 said...

your username is catch; which is what had brought me here.

cool work man!

see mine also ya?

paula said...

your concepts for the IF's are neatly off-beat and well thought through. I appreciated the back story to your "Roots" illo. Very interesting!

Also, I enjoyed going through your blog and reading previous posts. You've got a mess of links over there I think I'll go through, too, as well as your business link (if I find that). Looking forward to seeing more!

Kimchihead said...

Don't let others confuse you!

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Nice nice use of colours. And with that style, it all fits.