Tammy Harrington - Printmaker and paper cut artist

In my art, I explore the impact cross-cultural influences (Chinese and American) have had upon my development and growth. Each culture is equally influential, yet so different from each other. I use symbolic color, pattern, and iconography to represent the two cultures. My work uses this combination of figure, color, pattern, and the mix of real and flattened space.

I wanted to find a way to represent my identity as a Chinese-American. In my exploration of Chinese imagery, I found inspiration in the traditional symbols of the stylized papercuts. This blended my heritage with my love of the printmaking technique. As I hit milestones in my life (moving away from home, marriage, children, etc.), I found comfort in these images and visually incorporated the symbols with aspects of my life.