You like to call yourself a "Transient Being"? What does that mean and does being a transient significantly contribute to your art?
li: "Transient being," for me, is a way of labeling an identity that cannot be pinned down. It is the ability to stay within fluidity instead of definition, allowing oneself to simply exist before establishing boundaries on what's possible. It permits endless redefinition within my practice—I am an amorphous being before a human being, transient in gender and geography. Thus, my mind travels to unseen worlds, constructing landscapes that aren't confined by reality.
Davangi: In our previous conversation you mentioned reading Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower was a turning point in your life and artistic practice since you were struggling with "identity". Please tell us more about how it was a turning point in your life?
li: Butler's work liberated me from the notion that only certain identities could create universes. It shifted my focus from identity-centric work to building a world centered on someone like me, proving that softer science fiction is achievable for diverse creators. It inspired me to create landscapes of hope rather than dystopian visions of the future.