Catalyst for Change Asian American Narratives: Ellen Bepp
By California College of the ArtsTue Apr 13th 2021 to Wed Apr 14th 2021
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Ellen Bepp has been exhibiting her work since the 1980s, drawing from her Japanese heritage to create a wide range of art from wearable art, textile paintings, taiko drumming performance, theatrical costuming, mixed media collage, and hand-cut paper. She remembers being exposed to Japanese art at an early age, inspired by her immigrant grandparents. Her subsequent interest in the folk art traditions of Asia and Latin America led to her textile arts research in indigenous communities of Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico as well as humanitarian and cultural exchange projects in Nicaragua, Cuba, and Mexico. Such activities have informed much of her art which addresses issues of displacement, political identity, and social injustice including the WWII American concentration camps and the genocide of Indigenous peoples.
Her work has been shown at the Oakland Museum of CA, the Berkeley Art Center, the Euphrat Museum of Art, Meridian Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, Jamaica Art Center of New York, SOMArts Cultural Center, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Root Division Gallery and others.