Anderson, Indiana

Tai Lipan Artist Statement

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Art and Design

Tai Lipan Artist Statement

CLICHÉS, LEGACIES, AND FAMILY TREES

My recent paintings both celebrate and challenge the myth of personal control. Hollow masks and quirky statues tumble together, forming a muddled heritage. The characters represent an aspect of their combined story, trapped in fulfilling the clichés assigned to them through birth or circumstance. When seen together they are empowered; fleeing the shadows of ancestry, melting into landscapes, and making new life. Even as they succeed, they begin to fade, masked with a new legacy — softer, transformed, but still rooted in the past.