Guided by Ghosts

Connect with your ancestors as one artist unpacks her Chinese ancestry and the stories behind Santa Cruz County’s vanished Chinatowns.

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March 1, 2019 – June 23, 2019

3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery

Connect with your ancestors as one artist unpacks her Chinese ancestry and the stories behind Santa Cruz County’s vanished Chinatowns.

In her journey to understand her own identity, exhibiting artist Tessa Hulls unpacks decades of family history connected to Santa Cruz County's lost Chinatowns. Dive into years of research as Tessa weaves together Santa Cruz County's Chinese history with her own. A mixture of paintings, graphic novel clips, illustrations, and items from Archives take you on a journey from generations past into the present day with a full gallery timeline.

The timeline displayed across the walls will weave Tessa's story together 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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