Personal Project: Asian American Still Life
"Still life" to date more often than not refers to the Euro-centric history of still life, even though many cultures around the world have long practices of the artistic depiction of household objects, food, and the natural world. Moreover, the tradition of European still life has historically appropriated elements from cultures it considered "exotic"--non-European pottery, food, flora, and fauna--to convey sophistication, worldliness, richness from imperialism.
This series seeks to claim space in the "still life" tradition by infusing the practice with Asian American cultural experiences, both from my own upbringing as well as by working with Asian American small business owners and creators.
All styling and photography by Stephanie Shih.