Sculptor Mei Chan-Long turns to art-making as a vehicle for self-expression. Alternating between steel, Hydrocal, and ceramics, and abstract and figurative styles, Chan-Long’s sculptures act as li... nes of communications, translating experiences and emotions that are oftentimes difficult to verbally articulate. Using white Hydrocal, “as we all are” is a sculpture depicting a bust of a woman with a tree growing right through her. Despite this painful act, the woman is undergoing emotional and spiritual transformation; the tree representing growth and birth. In the same vein, white Hydrocal appears heavy but is actually light and dries incredibly fast. These apparent contradictions that present themselves in Chan-Long’s sculptures point to the fluctuating emotions that ebb and flow within us during difficult times.