Bok Choy BABY [MEI QING] (小白菜) Cal-Organic, 2021. gouache on paper. 8" x 11".
During my time as a kitchen manager for my cooperative house, I found joy and delight in the world of local, seasonal produce. The crates and cases of fresh fruits and vegetables that would show up at our door became my botanical subjects for small gouache paintings. I admired how tightly the bok choy were packed, which (counterintuitively) protected them during transportation; and the floral, lush dark green leaves draped over the crisp, pale stems. Painting baby bok choy grown in California felt like painting myself—your local organic Chinese-American :)