Alumni Stories: “Where Are They Now?”

Wu pictured at AFH as an Exhibitions Intern.

“AFH was the first time I really had an artist community.”

Wu’s commitment to community shows itself in more ways than one. Her last semester at RISD, she and her friend led a virtual workshop that centered around building a design community.

Wu pictured as an adult.

“‘[The workshop] was about building a design community that is collective rather than hyper-individualistic because I feel like that’s the rising trend of design. Everyone is competing with each other rather than being in community with each other. Our workshop was a response to that.”

They aim to have another run of the workshop in the fall that’s both bigger and better. In pursuit of this, they’ve recently pitched the idea to powrplnt, an artists network in Brooklyn, NY, and this time they hope to run part of the workshop in person.

Wu working in the Painting Studio at AFH

“Recognizing that [art], as labor, should be compensated for is important.”

AFH taught Wu that her art has worth, and she believes that because she learned that lesson young, she’s learned to not settle for less than she deserves. It is her hope that other young and aspiring artists will also learn to believe in themselves and their worth.

One of Wu’s works from the Painting Studio at AFH.

“I remember distinctly at one point I was drawing on the train and I thought, I think this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

One of Wu’s works from the Painting Studio at AFH.
A gif from Wu’s project, Concentric Circles.

“Conceptualizing the Chinese American diasporic experience with the metaphor concentric circles, I curated a selection of experiences important to my understanding of identity.”

Wu elaborated on her project by saying, “All of those within a diaspora are connected to a central axis, a homeland. However, our distances can vary physically, generationally, and culturally. Our identities are complexly layered intersecting with race, class, gender, and sexuality. This is a mere attempt at peeling back my own layers. We all have our own concentric circles.”

Wu’s recent Zine work.

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