Last Thursday night was my fourth year submitting an art piece to the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival’s Art Exhibition.
My first year was a watercolor piece “Paaj Yeeb” and the next was the start of my digital art adventure as I illustrated and watercolored my drawing “Hidden Effort” then added effects in photoshop. I went full out digital my third year with “Another Love Story” with my take on Hmong traditional paj ntaub with a modern twist of a messenger texting background.
The journey of my Qhia Dab Neeg art pieces started with an physical look at a typical Hmong female then a look at their vulnerability with the stripped back exposing symbolic motifs to tell a deeper story. Moving onto a modern love story that I hope visually speak for itself.
With my latest piece, I choose not to solely focus on the Hmong aspect for once. Yes the colors are there but mostly it is there because they are a part of me. These colors in “Dreaming” are what flows around me and makes me who I am. The idea of a rainbow with its clean lines separating each color in a specific order helped me learn the colors but as for any child that grows into an adult, we all learn how messy the world is.
To dream is to blur lines and create new colors to tell new stories.
Last night, I hope that people ask themselves what dreaming is to them and to dream in wild colors.