Local artist displays ‘Metamorphosis’

By Viviane Szeto

The Chinese Progressive Association hosted an opening ceremony for its newest exhibition “Metamorphosis” by Szu-Chieh Yun, a local young Taiwanese-American artist on June 26 at Chinatown. The opening night brought young and old community members together. The exhibition features paintings about the lives of immigrants until the end of August at the Henry Wong/Yu King Yee Memorial Gallery at 28 Ash Street.

Taiwanese-American artist Szu-Chieh Yun held an art exhibition on June 26 at 28 Ash Street in Chinatown. (Image courtesy of Viviane Szeto .) 雲思婕的作品於6月26的畫展開幕典禮揭曉在華人前進會的王耀民/余耀瓊紀念畫廊。(圖片由Viviane Szeto提供。)

Taiwanese-American artist Szu-Chieh Yun held an art exhibition on June 26 at 28 Ash Street in Chinatown. Her painting of metal cells and water molecule is a representation of how immigrants find a place for themselves, much like water interacts with metal by changing itself. (Image courtesy of Viviane Szeto.)

The “Metamorphosis” gallery is reflective on Yun’s dual identity as a Taiwanese-American. Yun immigrated to the United States from Taiwan when she was 9. Unlike many Asian Americans pushed to pursue careers in medicine, engineering or business, Yun became an artist, as she has always been passionate about drawing since her childhood.

A painting by Taiwanese-American artist Szu-Chieh Yun. (Image courtesy of Szu-Chieh Yun.) 雲思婕的作品之一。(圖片由雲思婕提供。)

A painting by Taiwanese-American artist Szu-Chieh Yun. (Image courtesy of Szu-Chieh Yun.)

According to Yun, immigration is “a deconstruction and recreation of an identity.” In this gallery, Yun demonstrates the lives of immigrants through her works by creating a balance of contrasting objects.

The opening night not only attracted numerous community members but also brought people together by sharing own immigration stories.

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