Yunnan Grannies (2017)
Watercolor and ink on cold press paper.
Date: March 6, 2017
The strength of wonderful grannies across the world always impresses me. Wrinkled faces, time-worn, are beautiful to me—sometimes sad, but always indicative of a life well-lived. Yunnan has a saying—"In Yunnan, Grannies climb mountains faster than monkeys." I think this isn't unique to Yunnan.
I never knew my grandmothers. Perhaps they weren't the greatest people, perhaps they were—war tears a family apart in so many ways. I wanted to pay a tribute to them regardless—to them, and to all the grannies out there.