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Fisheye Batch 3

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He Family Portrait
Back row, left to right: Jiyu, Erge, Xuemei, Jixing
Front row: Grandma (Nainai/ Yueliang), Grandpa (Yeye/ Lao He)

He Family Portrait

Back row, left to right: Jiyu, Erge, Xuemei, Jixing

Front row: Grandma (Nainai/ Yueliang), Grandpa (Yeye/ Lao He)

Will’s studio in Zhongdian is located on the first floor of a Tibetan house in Dala village.  He makes tables out of felled walnut trees. Giant slabs sit around drying for a year or two before they can be carved, sanded, and polished. 

Will is considering taking on interns/ apprentices in the upcoming year, so email me if you’re interested: 


Older murals from HeXimi’s house. My favorite is the fake bookshelf…!

HeXimi asked Dan to refresh the orchid and bamboo paintings outside of his house.

Xuemei complimented D’s painted orchids, she said they are very pretty. HeXisheng (Ximi’s brother) suggested that D add longer shoots into the bamboo piece. 

Jee-shaun’s recent work.

Jixing feels determined to protect his home (Lashihai Lake Valley) from the effects of industrialization/ globalization. Everyone else tells him, Change is inevitable, it is a necessary part of life.

J: “A tiger is shot by a hunter, and still it howls as it goes down. I was wondering, could art be the answer?”

D: “I feel that art might not the answer, but instead, may be the tiger’s howl.” 


-paraphrased from a conversation between Dan, Jixing, Jee-shaun, Andy, and Shaina, on Naxi cultural homogenization and the destruction of natural resources

1. Dan and Jixing, painting in the courtyard.

2. Jixing’s first painting (ever)

The red swirls on top are clouds, he said. The thing in the middle is a rooftop, and underneath, you have four people. Who they are, “I don’t know.” 

Kitchen, with garbage-smoke.

Kitchen, with garbage-smoke.

"The people in both these places call themselves Na people (Naxi in Lijiang and Na in Yongning), the meaning of na, which is to some degree disputed, quite possibly being ‘black’ as well as ‘great.’”

-p.9, Naxi and Mosu Ethnography (Introduction by Elizabeth Hsu)

One of the old men at the Senior Center had this portable radio that he fixed up to look like an insane camera. 

It had its top ripped off, all these little things glued onto it like pink sequins, rhinestones, plastic teeth positioned like horns, a wrist-watch cover as the “camera lens” and a zip-tie as the “focus dial,” and if you look inside the lens you see a toy alien’s head. 

Portraits I made of these two grandmothers, at the Senior Citizens’ Center.