Agnes Tai is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design.
Through her work, Agnes explores personal narration through the context of questioning and clashing identities, using the process of garment making and the tangibility of clothing to not only present a visual narrative, but also to externalize a method of self exploration. During her final year at Parsons, she co-curated an independent group exhibition called Perceptions of Us, in which she showcased her senior thesis project among 3 other Asian-American artists and designers. Furthermore, Agnes has also worked with New York City based brands Nicholas K, Elizabeth and James, and Theory.
A statement about the work from the artist:
INSCRIBE/RECLAIM explores the exoticism and hypersexualization of Asian women in western contexts. It is a two-part participatory design performance: the first part, INSCRIBE, instructs the audience to mark the performer's body with racially charged symbols, creating an uncomfortable tension between audience and performer; the second part, RECLAIM, demonstrates the hybridity of Asian American identity that is often overlooked through the act of layering and dressing oneself. Through this performance, the audience becomes aware of the realities of Asian American women through uncomfortable participatory actions, while still giving agency to the Asian American female identity and body.