This painting portrays a scene of a typical high school weekend of mine in which a group of friends and I were playing poker cards at a friend’s house. Back then, stuck in the boring, steaming SoCal desert, I felt my life was never going to an end. Now that I’ve escaped from the boring and repetitive high school life for a couple of years, looking back at the picture we took back then, a strong realization came to me that nothing really lasts forever. Friends, relationships, daily routines, all of which I didn’t cherish now seem to be more affecting. Today is a time of rapid changes. Under the pandemic and the intense relationship between China and the US, I am often alarmed that the usual and ordinary things in life that I used to experience on a daily basis now could only exist in my memory. I hope to use this painting to remind myself that I should be grateful of what life has already given to me.
Zhaohan is a senior majoring in Art (Painting and Drawing) and Gender Woman Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She was born in northern China, and grew up in an eastern city, Hangzhou with her parents. She moved to the United States when she was sixteen years old. Zhaohan lived in the California desert area for three years and then went to Seattle for college. She participated in multiple study abroad programs during her study at UW, and had the privilege to travel around places. The opportunity to explore herself in different places around the world and her multicultural upbringing have profoundly grounded her artwork. She is dedicated to depicting the beauty of every existence in the world, including nature, architecture, human relationships and culture. Influenced by women studies, she also creates artworks that address social issues and fight against oppression. Zhaohan is committed to traditional painting and drawing medias, wishing to emphasize color, light, and complexity of the scene in her work.