Lunar New Year
I create a modern interpretation for each Lunar New Year celebration (January or February). I started with my own zodiac animal — the horse — in 2014. The following year, I began theming each illustration using the year's element. There are 12 animals in the cycle, and 5 elements, equaling 60 different combinations I am working on illustrating over the course of 60 years.
Lunar New Year is my favorite holiday which I experienced as a young child through banquets and parades. As a mixed Chinese-/Sicilian-American, I feel a sense of freedom in how I explore Chinese culture artistically; since I myself am mixed, this series art is likewise a remix of centuries' old tradition and celebration of multicultural identity.
Check out my Artist Spotlight in Boston Hassle (2017) for a full narrative on how this project unfolded.