Honorable Mention

Mixed Blood

Tiffany Wernik
Encino, CA United States
Digital Art

The basis of this piece was the idea of needing to choose a side when you’re mixed. I spent a lot of time putting on my “white mask” to avoid my Chinese heritage. I remember trying as hard as I could to push down my culture so I could be palatable to the pretty white girls I hung out with. Now I’ve realized that being mixed is quite literally in my blood and whenever I look in the mirror I see that. The text carved into my chest says “Mixed Blood” in mandarin characters while the mask has “white person” written on it. The red of the background is used to contrast with the carved text but also a nod to red being the color of luck in Chinese culture.

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