Hi! My name is Kristen Narona and my Instagram handle is @ntkristen. I’m 17 years old and am a senior going to high school in Denver.
This set of artwork consists of 6 pieces showcasing different styles and representations of Southeast Asian Women. Growing up, I didn’t have much representation of women that looked at me, let alone other women that share my aesthetic. I’ve made it a goal in my work to represent and normalize brown skinned Asian women. There are a lot of stereotypes of what Asian women can look like, but it’s my hope to enlighten others on the diversity of skin colors that exist within Asian communities.
My inspiration for the style of these pieces is primarily street style and clothing brands like Unif. I used bold colors to emphasize the female characters in the pieces and to dress them in outfits that reflect my own style. There is continuity amongst the pieces of a floating head that is shaped like a cloud. I tried to place these women in an almost dream-like state to add abstract elements that emphasize their features.
It was my goal to tell my story with my heart through these pieces, and I hope you enjoy!