These paintings are from a body of work investigating the symbols and emblems that have been prevalent in Taiwan since the end of the Qing Dynasty. From the period of Japanese colonial rule to the current political atmosphere; dominated by images of the KMT, DPP, and progressive movements seeking to strengthen the oppressed voices of aboriginals and the LGBT movement. These symbols have reflected power, authority, and even hope. I create paintings that ask the viewer to look into what appears to be little more than decorative wallpaper, to see the juxtaposition of these emblems and how this creates new meaning. History is long, but the emblems dictating can often be fleeting. Countries have been inspired and also led to ruin by following these emblems of prosperity or catastrophe. Taiwan is a country with many realities in flux, but make no mistake, it is its own unique country and is carving out its own identity as a free democracy.