Carving Identity: Exploring Chinese Heritage through Wood Prints
’Carving Identity’ joins a wood carving method and site and reflects on second-generation Chinese identity. The practice of wood carving to wood prints pays a heartfelt tribute to the continued transmission through generations. It alleviates the heaviness of cultural disconnection and feelings of not belonging, evolving into a joyous exploration of Chinese heritage. This thesis represents a personal engagement with the diasporic land and home of a second-generation immigrant of a Chinese family residing on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. The thesis outcome is a gridded series of woodblock prints combined with etching and collaging techniques to explore second-generation home and identity. The production of textures, relief, and colour adds a sense of joy and vibrancy to the narratives of Chinese heritage. ‘Carving Identity’ expresses carving out the layers of land to resurface and celebrate Chinese heritage and culture to mold a distinct and authentic sense of self and home.