Augustina Wang

Region: Northeast

 Wang’s work explores her Asian femme identity through lore, worldbuilding, and investigations into the machinations of power. She considers painting to be a way of allowing her to ‘roleplay’ power, a force that seems unattainable to her as a first-generation Chinese American woman. She draws inspiration from her childhood self, a girl who trolled roleplaying blogs, fanfiction forums, and video game sites as a way to experience agency and community in a world that lacked it for her. Wang sees roleplay, and therefore painting, as way to heal her trauma, whether self-inflicted, sexual, generational, or even primordial.

Wang is also inspired by her mother, an immigrant single mom whose life experience echoes that of her daughter, despite the differences in time and age. She reconciles with how these vessels—Asian and femme—may be forever subjugated. Instead of turning to fatalism, Wang seeks to build worlds where no such history exists.