Grace ZhangBrain Tumor Type
CraniopharyngiomaDate of Diagnosis
2015Age Group (If you are a caregiver/family member please check Caregiver/Family Member)
Adult: 21 and overCategory
Multimedia/2D/3DArtist Statement (include type of art, techniques & materials used, what it means to you)
“Asian Voices” is a ceramic artwork and takes the form of a raised fist being pumped fiercely into the air in an act of activism and determination for Asian American empowerment and racial pride. I used my own arm and fist as a model to create this piece. Although the rise of Asian hate was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, my piece calls to attention the anti-Asian sentiment that has lasted throughout the past and into the present. By inlaying the dates and descriptions of anti-Asian hate crimes and events wherein Asian Americans have faced discrimination, my artwork demonstrates the continued racism that Asian Americans have faced throughout history. The inlayed dragon leads the viewer up the sculpture, through the hate crimes against Asian Americans that have occurred throughout history. The head of the dragon blows fire, calling to action the essential message of ending discrimination and violence against Asian Americans. The lotus flower-shaped candle at the top of the fist acts as an act of commemoration for those who have lost their lives to such violence. The artwork thereby emphasizes how Asian Americans have been mistreated and calls for the end of the anti-Asian sentiment and discrimination. Bio (include your age, tumor type and date of diagnosis)
My name is Grace and I am a 22 year old craniopharyngioma survivor.