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Mindy Kang
Forgotten Barriers

oil on canvas
24″ x 36″

USA

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu

Art Prof & Partner

Alex Rowe, Illustrator & Children's Book Artist

Alex Rowe

Teaching Assistant
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

Lauryn Welch, Painter & Performance Artist

Lauryn Welch

Teaching Assistant
Painter & Performance Artist

“This piece is part of an ongoing series of paintings about the current debate of whether transgender individuals should be allowed to use the restroom of their preferred gender. This issue really piqued my curiosity because it questioned and pushed the boundaries of society’s current definition of equality. In this piece, I placed the toilet within the row of urinals so that although the toilet seemed displaced in comparison to the urinals, it still followed the line of the urinals and seemed somewhat natural. I also tried to create this piece so that its perspective on the transgender issue is not only very intimate but unbiased and ambiguous. The ambiguity allows each viewer to have their own interpretation of it based on their personal life experiences and opinions of the issue.”

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3 responses on "Mindy Kang"

  1. Profile photo of Annie Irwin

    This is a wonderfully ambitious piece, love hearing this feedback! The comment on the all the different surface treatment is so true. Pretty incredible to think that oil paint can do such a convincing job of rendering porcelain, metal, tile, and a painted wall. Great work!

  2. Profile photo of Ellie

    I love this piece and I really appreciate the in-depth critique that was given. You guys really pointed out a lot of the unique, subtle differences that one would miss if they hadn’t gotten the chance to really look into the piece.

    • Profile photo of Clara Lieu

      I find that having 2 other people critiquing the piece with me is so helpful because we really can build off of each other’s momentum. When it’s just me critiquing, it’s a completely different dynamic, and while I enjoy the intimacy of a one-on-one critique, there’s nothing like the group flow that is super inspiring and energizing!

      I love building upon a concept someone else has introduced, they get ME thinking about things I wouldn’t normally notice. That’s why I think it’s so important to critique in different formats, because each format offers a unique experience.

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