Artist based out of Austin, Texas
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Comfort Women

Comfort Women

Oil on wood+mixed media
48" x 80"
(FRONT)
 

(Frontside Comfort Women Flat)

(Frontside Comfort Women Flat)

(Backside of Comfort Women)

(Backside of Comfort Women)

Vietnamese Bombshell

Vietnamese Bombshell

Oil and mixed media on canvas made into a hanging scroll.
25x52"

Idolization (우상화)

Idolization (우상화)

Oil and mixed media on canvas made into a hanging scroll.
25x52"

Idolization is the Korean slang for the process in which an "average" looking person transforms to over-the-top hot with the help of weight loss, makeup and plastic surgery.  South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world with double-eyelid surgery being the most commonly performed procedure.  Many of the beauty standards of Korea (small face, high nose, big eyes) are not natural to most Koreans and even though Koreans don't personally believe they are trying to look western, they are moving away from their natural traditional Korean look.

Otoko Masari

Otoko Masari

Oil and mixed media on canvas and handmade hanging scroll
25x52"
 

"Otoko Masari" literally translates to "surpass male".   It is a term used to describe women who are better than men in any or all fields (education, career position, physical strength, etc.) and it is more often than not used in a negative way in Japan.  Women strive to be weak and feminine in Japanese society because that is considered desirable, so for a woman to be strong-willed and assertive is not attractive.  In the west, things can be different, which is why I wanted to depict my tiny, modest Japanese friend who has muscles and inner/outer strength that can surpass men and be very desirable and inspirational.

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The Scroll Series is showcasing in a positive light the clash of the traditional Asian woman with the modern Asian-American woman.  All the models are my friends that I know personally in order to have their identity represented as an Asian American woman of today and capture the essence of who they are beyond their heritage.

 

Gyopo (교포)

Gyopo (교포)

Oil and mixed media on canvas and handmade hanging scroll
25x52"

Gyopo is the Korean word for a Korean person living outside of Korea. This term can sometimes have some negative connotations behind it from native Koreans seeing gyopos as having lost touch with their Korean roots. Being a gyopo myself I wanted to paint Korean Americans in a positive light. 

Purchase prints here: www.conferoart.com/lauren-chai

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The Scroll Series is showcasing in a positive light the clash of the traditional Asian woman with the modern Asian-American woman.  All the models are my friends that I know personally in order to have their identity represented as an Asian American woman of today and capture the essence of who they are beyond their heritage.

 

 Top braided cord close up

Top braided cord close up

 Bottom dowel close up

Bottom dowel close up

Kisaeng (기생)

Kisaeng (기생)

Oil and mixed media
18" x 36"

Comfort Women

Oil on wood+mixed media
48" x 80"
(FRONT)
 

(Frontside Comfort Women Flat)

(Backside of Comfort Women)

Vietnamese Bombshell

Oil and mixed media on canvas made into a hanging scroll.
25x52"

Idolization (우상화)

Oil and mixed media on canvas made into a hanging scroll.
25x52"

Idolization is the Korean slang for the process in which an "average" looking person transforms to over-the-top hot with the help of weight loss, makeup and plastic surgery.  South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world with double-eyelid surgery being the most commonly performed procedure.  Many of the beauty standards of Korea (small face, high nose, big eyes) are not natural to most Koreans and even though Koreans don't personally believe they are trying to look western, they are moving away from their natural traditional Korean look.

Otoko Masari

Oil and mixed media on canvas and handmade hanging scroll
25x52"
 

"Otoko Masari" literally translates to "surpass male".   It is a term used to describe women who are better than men in any or all fields (education, career position, physical strength, etc.) and it is more often than not used in a negative way in Japan.  Women strive to be weak and feminine in Japanese society because that is considered desirable, so for a woman to be strong-willed and assertive is not attractive.  In the west, things can be different, which is why I wanted to depict my tiny, modest Japanese friend who has muscles and inner/outer strength that can surpass men and be very desirable and inspirational.

--

The Scroll Series is showcasing in a positive light the clash of the traditional Asian woman with the modern Asian-American woman.  All the models are my friends that I know personally in order to have their identity represented as an Asian American woman of today and capture the essence of who they are beyond their heritage.

 

Gyopo (교포)

Oil and mixed media on canvas and handmade hanging scroll
25x52"

Gyopo is the Korean word for a Korean person living outside of Korea. This term can sometimes have some negative connotations behind it from native Koreans seeing gyopos as having lost touch with their Korean roots. Being a gyopo myself I wanted to paint Korean Americans in a positive light. 

Purchase prints here: www.conferoart.com/lauren-chai

--

The Scroll Series is showcasing in a positive light the clash of the traditional Asian woman with the modern Asian-American woman.  All the models are my friends that I know personally in order to have their identity represented as an Asian American woman of today and capture the essence of who they are beyond their heritage.

 

Top braided cord close up

Bottom dowel close up

Kisaeng (기생)

Oil and mixed media
18" x 36"

Comfort Women
(Frontside Comfort Women Flat)
(Backside of Comfort Women)
Vietnamese Bombshell
Idolization (우상화)
Otoko Masari
Gyopo (교포)
 Top braided cord close up
 Bottom dowel close up
Kisaeng (기생)