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My sister Queeny wearing her Chinese New Year celebration clothes, 2021

Gigi Guan

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

12-15 years

This is my sister Queeny, wearing clothes from my mum’s hometown when we celebrated the new year back in 2020. I drew this because I miss my family in China, the busy chattering in the house and the deafening fireworks crackling in the distance. I miss the feeling of my heart beating rapidly in my chest as we did the new year countdown together. I remember the icy touch of snow sizzling on my cheeks and nose, the smell of fresh dumplings and biting back the pain in my numb fingers as I gathered snowballs to throw at my mum.

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

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