Jia Qi Zhen

How Much Is It Worth?
homemade clay, plastic, paper
14 x 9 x 13.5 in.

I would consider myself a first generation Chinese-“American,” being brought to America at age 5 – I constantly question about my roots and identities between two cultures. Culture is constantly evolving and changing over time; the continuous exploration of awareness for culture(s) grows as materials usage is essential. I exploit the interpersonal views that emerge and cause confusion towards culture and identity. I explore the usage of it in my three-dimensional works and performances. In them, the forms and gestures of the works are impacted by the elements in life both externally and internally expressing a reaffirmation of a story.