Tangible has two definitions as an adjective: (1) perceptible by touch and (2) clear and definite; real. The former definition is expressed through the various textures of the piece that can almost be touched, and the latter definition is seen in the clear and definite geometric shapes. There are also some ironic aspects of the drawing which contradict these definitions. The hand, while showing an obvious effect on the “veins” extending from the face, does not actually come in contact with it, and the squares seem to be fading away, thus contradicting their clear and definite quality. This drawing explores the relation between concrete and abstract realities and their effects on individual identities.
Ian Chow is a rising junior from Pierrepont School in Westport, Connecticut. His favorite media include charcoal, pastel, oil paint, and pencil, and he often features themes of contradiction and Asian-American identity in his works.