Golden Lilies - 2011

While the US enforced it's Chinese Exclusion Act, Canada had a twin act. A Chinese American citizen married to a Chinese Canadian citizen could not live together and families were kept apart..


Across Media

Marilyn and Mao - 2011

Acrylic on papier mache - 23"h x 18"w x 12"d

Acrylic on papier mache  -  23"h x 18"w x 8"d

Twin Acts - 2011


Acrylic on papier mache  - 23"h x 18"w x 8"d

China's One Child Policy has led to a shortage of women since a boy child was prized. In America, the US Chinese Exclusion Act of 1993-1943 (1965) led to large "bachelor societies" in US Chinatowns.

Around the world women, are synonymous with money and power. In most countries females are trafficked by land, sea, and air for sale to the highest bidder. 

Sculptural Paintings in Paper



​​​Acrylic on papier mache and acrylic shadow

23"h x 18"w x 23"d

One Child Policy -2011

Golden Lilies are a metaphor for the bound foot. After the railroads were completed, the Chinese were burned out of their homes, murdered, and driven out of the United States with no protection under the rule of law.

Cheryll Leo-Gwin has extensive experience in research and development to find materials available for artists in industry. For several years she was a consultant to manufacturers to expand their product lines using the materials specific to their industries.  This experience has informed her artwork in choosing the materials that best support the statement in any given artwork. As a result, her work often crosses over the boundaries of traditional classifications.