Guided by Ghosts

Follow the timeline through the gallery to see how Tessa’s family and Chinese history weave together.

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March 1, 2019 – June 23, 2019

3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery

Experience one artist's Chinese ancestral story unpacked through a graphic novel in the works.

Tessa Hulls explores how her Chinese ancestors have influenced her life. See how Tessa's own story weaves together with her family history in paintings, graphic novel research, and illustrations. Documents from the MAH Archives will supplement this work with a perspective on Santa Cruz County's own Chinese history.


Connecting her work back to the Chinatowns of Santa Cruz County, the timeline will weave her story with others and end in a reproduction of the artist’s small Port Townsend Studio. Step into her practice to see how her work– and our local history– came together to create this exhibition.

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“Our ancestors tell the story of where we came from; our ghosts teach us how to move forward.”

Tessa Hulls — Artist

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Keep up with Tessa's graphic novel process on Instagram by following the hashtag #feedingghosts.

A Story in Progress

Read about Tessa's journey to weave together the story of her ancestral history.

"...Hulls envisions her graphic novel being more than 300 pages long – the first section starting with her grandmother’s birth, the next revolving around her mother, and the final part dealing with her own life up to the present day."

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