Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment

photo: my mother with me, circa 1972

I am thrilled to share that I have been included in a exhibit opening this week in San Francisco.  I will be presenting an essay about motherhood, “Love, and Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup,” as well as a visual component.  The exhibit, produced by the Asian American Women Artists Association, features the work of 38 artists.   If any of you are in the San Francisco area, you’re invited to the opening reception this Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5-8:30.  Please see details below, and thank you for your support!

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Asian American Women Artists Association’s Emerging Curators Program presents Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment – a visual and literary art exhibition featuring 38 artists.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Exhibition Dates: 
Monday, April 23 – Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thoreau Center of Sustainability
Address: The Presidio, Building 1014, Tourney Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Join the Asian American Women Artists Association for the opening reception of Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment, a dynamic exhibition featuring the work of 38 visual and literary artists.

The Hungry Ghost, a concept based in Buddhist and Taoist beliefs, is a lost soul that roams burdened by unmet needs. Driven by insatiable greed and intense desires, the Hungry Ghost wanders, searches and feeds. Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment asks Asian American women artists to interpret and illuminate this powerful, culturally rich metaphor. They address the questions: How do we crave acceptance and fulfillment? What feeds us?

These artists responded through essays, illustrations, mixed media installations, paintings, photography, poetry and sculpture. Their works express themes of food and family, identity and isolation, consumption and compulsion.

The Artists: Octavia Baker • Mitsuko Brooks • Jennifer Cheng • Cat Chiu Phillips • Karen Chew • Wei Ming Dariotis • Ganga Dharmappa • Stephanie Han • Khay Hembrador • Julie Huynh • Grace Hwang Lynch • Jaimee Itagaki • Zilka Joseph • Rosie Kar • Leslie Kitashima • Susan Kitazawa • Julia Kuo • Amy Lam • Lucy Liew • Elaine Gin Louie • Wei Ma • Mia Nakano • Choppy Oshiro • Michelle Salnaitis • Linda Shiue • Leah Silvieus • Sokunthary Svay • Elizabeth Travelslight • Cynthia Tom • Vivian Truong • Solongo Tseekhuu • Catherine Uthasoonthorn • Nancy Uyemura • Susan Wingham • Pamela Ybanez • Stephanie Yu • Leslie Zeitler

The Curator: Lisa Chiu is a Taiwanese American writer and food fanatic. Her interest in curation stems from a desire to cultivate creative opportunities that foster cultural awareness. She conceived Hungry Ghost as a forum to amplify Asian American women’s voices and showcase their art.

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA): AAWAA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.

Emerging Curators Program: AAWAA’s Emerging Curators Program provides a platform for aspiring curators residing in the San Francisco Bay Area to develop their vision and encourage curatorial expertise in the Asian American community.