an independent creative project (mixed media)
Created with Amy Wang, RAW is a zine of real, unfiltered stories and thoughts, expressed through various artistic medium.
We released the first issue, "Who Are You To Tell Me Who I Am," on February 2016, exploring identity and questioning who we are to us, who we are to others, and who we are in this world.
In the second issue, we took inspiration from American neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer's famous statement, "Protect Me From What I Want," and explored craving and all those feelings of desiring, needing, and longing.
As an experimental side project, we created "glimpse" - a zine of secrets told anonymously through an online submission forum. We asked people to share their deepest, most embarrassing, or even the most mundane secrets, as well as provide a short description of themselves along with a "fake" name. We were overwhelmed with secrets, from those that made us tear up or laugh, from those that made us wonder for hours or hold closely inside our hearts. We chose 15 secrets, and I drew portraits of the secret-sharers based on their description which I hope exists as caricatures for them.
After a year and a half, we closed this chapter for individual creative endeavours, but RAW still remains in the archives for you to return to and hopefully find a bit of yourself in our stories.
OCADU U Zine Fair with Project 40 Collective @ OCAD U
Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market with Project 40 Collective @ Trinity-St Paul's United Church
The Toronto Comic Arts Book Festival with Lunchroom Toronto @ Toronto Reference Library
Xpace Holiday Zine + Maker Fair with Project 40 Collective @ Xpace Cultural Centre
Toronto's First Asian Zine Fair with Project 40 Collective, WAYF Collective @ Tranzac Club
Toronto Art Book Fair 2017 @ Artscape Youngplace
LooseLeaf Magazine Volume 3 Launch, Project 40 Collective @ Eativefilm Cafe
CanZine Toronto 2016, Broken Pencil Magazine @ Art Gallery of Ontario
LooseLeaf Magazine Volume 2 Launch, Project 40 Collective @ Beit Zatoun