An Illustrated Vocabulary of Tenderness
"An Illustrated Vocabulary of Tenderness" is a growing series of artworks based on language flashcards that serves as a tool for storytelling and building solidarities.
Audrey Chan (b. 1982, Chicago, Illinois) is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator and educator. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, public art and video to challenge dominant historical narratives through allegories of power, place and identity. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with honors from Swarthmore College. Chan was commissioned by L.A. Metro to create a large-scale public artwork for the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station, opening in 2022. She was a visiting artist faculty in the Program in Art at California Institute of the Arts and the inaugural artist-in-residence at the ACLU of Southern California.
Curated by Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones
"In approaching this series, I wanted to highlight some extraordinary Asian-American artists who I have immense respect for and who have inspired me through their innovative use of creativity to bring the community together. The following artists aim to shed light on the Asian-American experience through a lens of social justice, and how we need to move forward in exposing fact not fear, love not hate, and empathy not divisiveness.
Audrey Chan is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator and educator who most recently worked with the ACLU of Southern California and Metro L.A. Her piece, 'An Illustrated Vocabulary of Tenderness,' is a beautiful series of visual flashcards featuring words that bring awareness to Anti-Asian experiences through specific Asian languages."