The offer and challenge was put to me: I had three months to put together a solo art exhibition in Shanghai. I was given a place to live and work, the rest was on me.

 

I met Michael my first day in Shanghai. He was a friend of a friend. Michael was raised in Sweden by Chinese parents and was now living in China.

 

Michael had never been to the United States and was very curious about culture there. He asked me: "What is this with the "hillybillies" there [in the United States]?" My American friend and I fell out of our seats with laughter. We came to use the term "hillybillies" endearingly. It represented a paradox of cultural bridging and misrepresentation.

 

Hillybilly, my first solo exhibition in Shanghai, China, opened with a reception October 5th, 2012 in the showroom/garden of Xinlelu.

 

I also exhibited in Metamorphosis: International Group Exhibition May 2013–July 2013 at Shun Gallery.

Hillybilly

Cicada Wing

Fake Stuff

Shanghai 2

Heart

Heart Play

Pouty Girl

Big Mac Index

Liar

Tub

Haier

Pulgita Y Toro

Dead Dog

What Are Those

White Shoes

Las Mariposas (white)

Umbrella Lady

Train Pimp

The King

Southern Barbarian

Snake Man

Sleepy Heads

Pulgita Twist

Pulgita On Bed

In Bed

Black Sox

Car Man

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