A eulogy and mini-memoir to my late cat son, Charlemagne, including goodbye letters written by friends and community members. Note: this post discusses death and grief and towards the end includes a few photos of my husband and me holding Charlemagne after he passed.
Many of you have been patiently awaiting the news about the Madison Metro public art project. I'm excited to share that Madison Arts Commission has voted to recommend me as…
I'm a finalist for a public art commission with Madison Metro Transit System. Watch my presentation and learn more about my proposal.
Read more about my MFA research on ethics in the arts.
A letter to my fellow Midwest people, on art, gentrification, and our hopes and visions for the future of our cities and communities.
March 31, 2021, marks the 12 year anniversary of my dad's passing. In the Chinese Zodiac, 12 years represents one complete cycle. CW: abuse, violence.
Hey, friends, I am moving to Vancouver, BC, this September, to expand my research on art and gentrification. Jenie Gao Studio will remain open and continue accepting clients.
Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have consistently been excluded from and undermined in race conversations. This exclusion has fueled a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, including murder. What are Americans prepared to do to change this and achieve justice?
There are many things I could write in a 2020 recap post. I could write about challenges, accomplishments, and life milestones. I could write about what it's like for my business to enter its sixth year during a pandemic. I could write about activism and advocacy and all the heavy lifting we must do in the face of injustice. I could show my best bravado and shake all my glittering, roaring resilience in the face of 2021. But honestly? What I want to offer, as we end this year, is self-compassion, and a chance for closure and resolution with ourselves.
Community activists pushed back on the city for prioritizing the use of public funds to repair private property while taking no meaningful steps towards racial justice. An adapted version of this essay also appeared in the Isthmus.