Joy is an emotion that comes through in your works, and you’ve mentioned how that is intentional. Can you talk a little about why that is important to express? Has that taken a different form since the pandemic?
Growing up as an Asian American woman, society didn’t give us a lot of permission to experience joy. TV shows informed us we are allowed to be subservient, smart, nerdy, and hard-working; and magazine ads said they don’t make clothes or makeup for us. And the news today makes us feel othered, attacked, and brutalized. And this is not just an Asian American woman phenomenon, it’s an all-pervasive societal phenomenon. So when I think about how society has changed or how I would like it to change, joy is a feeling that comes to mind. We as humans, gendered and non-gendered creatures, people of all colors from all lineages, have the agency to control the way we think, manifest happiness, create joy and experience life the way we want to. For me, joy is one emotion in my daily routine that has the power to heal and transform.