I'm an artist, designer and international educator working in Shenzhen, China.
Hi! I'm Gloria. I'm very passionate about visual arts, art-making and digitally designing whenever I can. I love to create art, show art and teach this to those who are also passionate about it.
I currently work as the Head of Arts: Visual Arts and Design department at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS) in China and teach IB MYP and DP Visual Arts and Do theory of Knowledge. In the past, I have taught MYP Design, Canadian curriculum technology and design courses and technology integration. I also take part in leading extra-curricular activities such as portfolio preparation, open studio and art enrichment clubs.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Alison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. My main focus was in printmaking, photography and art history. During my time at Mount Allison, I completed a teaching internship, where I discovered my love for educating and inspiring students.
Looking to expand my artistic palette to include digital art, I subsequently attended Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where I completed a Graduate Certification in Web Design. For several years, I utilized this training to work as a lead designer, where I designed various software interfaces, web-based applications and print media. After gaining experience as an industry professional, I entered the field of education, where my true love for combining teaching, visual arts, and design were free to emerge. I completed my Bachelor of Education at Brock University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and am qualified to teach Visual Arts, Design and Technology courses through the Ontario curriculum (Communications Technology, Technology Integration and Senior level Visual Arts) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum (MYP + DP).
I believe that “Identity” gives meaning to an object or person that makes it different from everyone and everything else: it is seen as an independent variable that belongs to a certain person, or to a group of people. My work explores many themes surrounding the concept of identity, such as how relationships and surrounding collaborate to identify a person. I enjoy incorporating both serious and satirical elements into my work. I also like to manipulate repetition, bold colours and textures.
Gloria相信”身份”这个概念使事物和人的存在变得有意义, 使它们变得与众不同，令它们被视为一个独立的个体, 属于某个人, 或某一个群体。她的作品围绕“身份”探索了许多主题, 例如人际关系和周围环境如何识别一个人。她喜欢把严肃、讽刺的元素融入到作品中，同时热衷于重复使用大胆的颜色和纹理。
My artwork consists of printmaking and photographic compositions. I often use these two forms together and they are very evident in my process. I begin photographing my surroundings, and then digitally manipulate the photographs to create images that I use as the basis for my prints. I often use the printmaking process of monoprinting, where I only create one print, instead of editions of multiples. I make variations of a concept that are similar, but never the same. I use repetition and bold colours to create the effect that I want.
I am a practicing artist and exhibit my work in China. I also am the Co-Chair of ISZAF (International Shenzhen Artist Forum).