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Of Japanese and Chinese Descent by Mui-Ling Teh

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In the land that saw the sun before the rest,
A flower dispersed seeds that flew to the west.
In the land that celebrated fortune in red,
Stardust fell from the sky as the day fled.
The wind carried some of the sparkling sand,
And made contact with a seed in a faraway land.

Diptych composite using two self portraits and supplementary background images.

I don’t usually do this sort of thing so I hope you enjoy. It is my first time showing my whole face this close-up in my own portfolio. As I mentioned a couple of times lately, I’m going through a transitional period now, striving to do the things I want to do and pursuing more creative projects. I may also play around more with mediums, subjects and styles I don’t use often.

See the original self-portraits here

My mother is Japanese and my father is Chinese. The kimono I wear on the left is called a yukata and is commonly worn during summer festivities. I bought that yukata while visiting Japan last year. The Chinese dress I wear on my right is one my father bought for me in Shanghai over eight years ago… and it got bigger!

The Japanese flag is white with a red circle to represent the rising sun while the Chinese flag is red with a moon and star, hence my choice of day and night in the backgrounds. The flowers in front of me on my Japanese side were made by my grandmother; needless to say I got my art from my mother. From my dad I got my background in math (although I’ve never actually used an abacus before).

I took both photos yesterday, and have been playing in Photoshop today (hence my lack of commenting today; I’ll start catching up). The gold frame I added in later some time after thinking the work lacked something. Critique and feedback is welcome (as long as it doesn’t involve re-taking myself) and thanks for looking :)

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 2 years ago

    They are gorgeous MuiLing….

  • Thanks Janis. I have to admit, I don’t often feel comfortable showing my face (I know you have felt the same), but for this concept, which is a personal one, can’t really be avoided.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • I just realized that I omitted a big point I wanted to share in this piece – I got the art from my mom and the math from my dad (hence the hand made flowers and the abacus). Just added that in the description – and also my choices for the backgrounds.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • islefox
    islefoxabout 2 years ago

    You look stunning in the dresses, great portraits

  • Thanks isle fox; I just realized though that I omitted a big point I wanted to share in this piece – I got the art from my mom and the math from my dad (hence the hand made flowers and the abacus). Just added that in the description – and also my choices for the backgrounds.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Will catch up once I finish dinner…

  • Gabriel Forgottenangel
    Gabriel Forgot...about 2 years ago

    Well.. I like it very much

  • :-)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • islefox
    islefoxabout 2 years ago

    Ah, love the thought and story behind this btw.

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 2 years ago

    I have no problem showing my face….you can see my whole face here…I just don’t like photos taken of me…never did..the few I already have are enough…

  • Sonja Wells
    Sonja Wellsabout 2 years ago

    What a fabulous concept and so well executed! Great job Mui-Ling :)

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful!! . . . The model, the costume and the treatment . . .

  • Thank you Hugh!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • linaji
    linajiabout 2 years ago

    I love this idea and execution Mui Ling. You are quite lovely and your enhanced background feels so you and so soulful. Of course I do not ‘know’ you but I feel like I ‘know’ you…hehe
    Thank you for sharing this precious part of you.

  • Thank you Lina. I myself feel like I’ve been getting to know you better as well – or rather getting to realize how alike we all are, and being reminded more and more I’m interacting with real people even without seeing them face to face. And having gone through so much in the past few years, coming to understan people better.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesabout 2 years ago

    You’ve created a lovely artwork Mui-Ling. I love the thinking behind the image, that it’s so much you and your heritage. Nice to get to know a little about you.

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