"The Japanese folding screen, or byōbu, is an object that divides a room, but ties together artistic narratives from East and West. Pairing traditional Japanese motifs with the European medium of oil on canvas, this screen-as-self-portrait serves as a symbol of a mixed race identity, and illustrates an interplay between one individual narrative and the simultaneous path taken by global history. Its sides contrast the trajectory of my life, drawn from journals and photographs, with that of disastrous and influential scenes on the world stage. Each panel illustrates a moment in history witnessed by the artist, a character dressed in red. She travels through the development of a multifaceted individual and a global identity, across the literal unfolding of time."
-- eb, for the completion of her senior exercise in Studio Art