The 14 colorful panels of Audrey Chan’s Will Power Allegory feature fluid vignettes of people and symbols from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, Arts District, Skid Row, Bronzeville and Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe. Composed as a new public allegory of Los Angeles as a site of remembrance and resistance, the artwork speaks to present and future generations about the power and politics of place.
During a Nisei Week Festival, Chan hosted a workshop inviting community members to draw people, objects and symbols that have significance as an additional source of insight during her design process.
“Perseverance, collective struggle and storytelling are vital elements of a thriving community. The artwork will create a space to dream, to form mythologies from our experiences, layered cultural histories, desires, and realities.”’
About the Artist
AUDREY CHAN (b. 1982, Chicago) is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator, and writer. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, and public art to challenge dominant historical narratives through allegories of power, place and identity. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Swarthmore College and a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts. Chan’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a resident in the OxyArts Encoding Futures Summer Residency. Chan has been awarded fellowships with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum, California Arts Council, and California Community Foundation. She was recognized as a DCA Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles.