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Sadako

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.  Sadako lived nearly a decade without any illness from the fallout; that changed when she was hospitalized with leukemia at the age of twelve.  While in the hospital, a friend folded her a single paper crane; it’s said that folding one thousand paper cranes grants a single wish.  Sadako spent the rest of her life in that hospital, folding paper cranes in the hope of escaping her condition.  She

Ocean Breeze

I am drawn to cultural patterns and how these gestures are derived from observing the natural world.  I am interested in the translucency of glass and how these layers combine, weave, overlap and affect each other much like the accumulation of culture.  Formally, I am drawn to Japanese kanji, because more so than other languages, the characters are derived from visual representations of the object.  In this way, the evolution of these marks and gestures connects the culture’s stories to objec

Mantas

I am pulled to the concept of threshold, always thinking of that fine boundary dividing what we see above from the aquatic world below.  The honu and manta ray are both deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture, with the grace and majesty of their outstretched wings representative of the Hawaiian hospitality and the overarching family ties that are the heart of the people and their culture.  Spending many summer mornings fishing and diving, I’m interested in creatures that are such oxymorons – agile

Black Tea

#01939a is my favorite color – it's the color of the waters off Alan Davis, a fishing spot on the east side of Oahu, in the morning after a light rain. For me, this color tells a story without taking a form. My work is concerned with layers of detail to create a very specific scene. As people, we appropriate, assign meaning and construct stories from pieces of our histories. I am interested in the notion of a collective lens – a co-constructed language – through which we see and communicate.

Hubris

The beautiful but arrogant portrait of this woman finds parallel in the juxtaposition of the equally haughty and illustrious rooster in her arms, her gaze challenging and her nature just as vain. The piece explores a comparison of animal and human traits as insight into our psyches, invoking visual similarities in the figures to imply a deeper symbolic connection.

Imaginative Comfort

This piece was part of a series exploring “Simple Pleasures,” those things in life (often overlooked and underappreciated) that nourish and calm, please and inspire. For me, one of these joys comes in watching my fish in the tank beside my bed.

Holding Space

This painting explores the duality of our two selves. The woman holds up her insides – her feelings, guts, wishes, and desires – to be scrutinized and examined. My idea for Holding Space developed out of my recurring thoughts about my body image.  The subject places her interiority on the exterior. We all have a space between the outside and inside of ourselves.

Peace

The camera is one of the most important inventions in history – it has entirely transformed how we conceive the world. We can now “see” things separated from us by many miles or even many years. Advancements in photo manipulation have created opportunities for infinite manipulations of reality. This is the space where I seek to expose the power of an image. As a good photojournalist might seek to expose the reality of the world, I seek to expose the reality of my perception of self.

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