Cynthia Tom

United States

  • City, State: San Francisco, Ca
  • Geographic Location: North America

About me:

I am an artist,, mainly working with female imagery, paintings, mixed media and installation.
I am a 3rd generation Chinese American woman and native San Franciscan.
I am the Board President of AAWAA, Asian American Women Artists Association and have been in pharmaceutical sales for 25+ years.

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I work with surrealistic imagery to help envision a different way to look at life. Use of powerful colors, symbols and juxtaposed imagery seem to come together to evoke critical thinking of the viewers. I try to create with only aesthetics in mind and it is during the viewing of the piece that interpretations explain the meaning of the pieces.

I'm passionate about:

Women gaining self-confidence, unlearning passive agressive behaviors, learning courage and uncovering authenticity. Living our lives hearing and learning from our voices.
I would like to be able to inspire women who are victims of physical and verbal abuse and possibly human traffick victims.

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How has the economic downturn affected you?

3 posts | Saturday, May 15, 2010 11:00 AM


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From Community:

A Place of Her Own
A series of paintings and mixed media works that give permission to own your life.


From Exhibiting You:

Anomaly in the Veil is a series of paintings derived from Angel Island immigration mug shots. The Chinese women immigrants quietly suffered internment and interrogation on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay, between 1910 and 1943. One of those women was my grandmother, Hom Shee Mock, who came to the United States in 1923, a year after she was sold to my grandfather. These installations endeavor to expose the fear that still haunts these women and consequently, their descendants.



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