Portraits of "The Others"

“The Others” refer to people that are labeled and identified to be outside of Western societal norms because of their differences to the aesthetic or political ideal. This series investigates our culture’s perception of “the other and otherness” and how prescribed labels determine society’s behavior toward a social group because of race, gender, sex, class, and religion. When someone is perceived to challenge the dominant group’s value and beliefs, he or she are marginalized and excluded. Through my paintings, viewers are actively challenged to situate themselves in relation to those depicted, to embrace the diversity of others or marginalize them.

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