During our first year living in the remote northwest region of China, we took a trip to an even more remote part of that region, Yili. We immediately fell in love with it. The faces of the people we met are what I remember most. These three gals were on the Yili Bridge at sunset our first evening there. They are a representation of the mix of ethnicities in that area, Kazakh, Uyghur, Hui and Chinese. Just lovely.
I was much looser with this piece and purposely forced myself not to get too focused on one area. If I focus too much on one area, I lose sight of the composition as a whole. With this piece, I highlighted the different ethnicities and their features, but tied them each together with color – oranges, pinks and purples.
Themes of difference and distance, and love and acceptance run through this piece.