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Happy 75th anniversary to the Fulbright Program! I remember my time as a Fulbright scholar at the Interaction Design program of the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 2010-2012, where I explored my multi-hyphenate path art, science and design path with some wonderful mentors and colleagues. Almost a decade later, the projects I did as an MFA student remain the foundation of my art practice today. It was an honour to turn all my thesis projects into TEDx talks I delivered at Yale. Living in New York was one of my most memorable times, including my interning at the American Museum of Natural History, reading poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, training for my first degree black belt in taekwondo, and giving my first (very nervous) talks. Capping my experience was graduating from Radio City Music Hall with Laurie Anderson as our keynote speaker. Living in NYC was life-changing—it supercharged my resilience and skills in working with others from diverse backgrounds. These were some of the best two years of my life that launched a lifetime goal of pursuing art, design, and research to address planetary issues and positive change.


The Fulbright Program now operates in 160 countries and has provided over 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and in all fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to complex global challenges. Learn more about the world-changing work of the program at Fulbright75.org.

“The best thing about being an artist is being able to mingle with all kinds of people.” I’m stoked to be in the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine of my beloved grad school alma mater, the Visual Arts Journal of the School of Visual Arts NYC about my art residencies and speaking engagements around the world. A sure sign of old age.

Together with other international students and scholars from The Fulbright Program, the article, “Global Warming”, is written by Alexander Gelfand (pp 20-23) and I talk mostly about how I’ve adapted to many places around the world (TLDR: take care of your mental health, have a healthy diet, exercise, and make friends 😉).

This interview happened during a late night in my residency in Vienna with KulturKontakt Austria and the Austrian Federal Chancellery; residencies are always great time to reflect on past work to see where we want to go next. Images courtesy of USAID Asia, Rache Go, Plan International Asia, Gui Gomes, LABVERDE, Joni Ong, & Centre for Sustainability PH. Always wonderful to remember all the places art has taken us!

Check out the issue here for more articles: http://www.sva.edu/about/visual-arts-journal