As we round the corner to my birthday week, I’ve been thinking about ways to ease the suffering and share the joy. So I’m trying an experiment…a Birthday Art Fundraiser.
Here’s how it works:
– All the works below are original oil paintings on paper, matted and framed as seen in the first picture below.
– They are all selling for $225.
– $150 from each sale will be donated to the COVID 19 Artist Trust Relief Fund.
– This art sale will run through Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm.
– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no contact, in person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US.)
What we get:
1) I get the joy of knowing my art is living on and bringing joy (Best Birthday Gift Ever!!!)
2) You get an original piece of art to dress your walls, and that whole hearted feeling of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.
3) Artists everywhere will feel the love through the emergency relief efforts of Artist Trust, an organization I hold in high regard.
So…what say ye?? Dress your walls! Celebrate my birthday with me!🎈
Just posted my Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter which provided the following list of upcoming art shows and film screenings. If you’re interested in subscribing, click here to view it and select “Subscribe” in the top/left corner. (I send out 2-3 newsletters a year).
Upcoming Art Exhibits:
THE CLOUD ROOM
“Showing Signs of Wear”
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: March 12, 6-9pm
Capitol Hill Art Walk
* This gorgeous space includes a bar,
so this will be a 21+ event.
ART XCHANGE GALLERY
“Sense Us 2020”
Juried Group Show
Opening Reception: March 5, 5-8pm
Second Reception: April 2, 5-8pm
Pioneer Square Art Walk
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (COCA) GALLERY
“20/20 Vision“: Juried Member Show
Nichole DeMent (Juror)
Opening Reception: March 5, 6-9pm
Pioneer Square Art Walk
COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY
Opening Reception: May 16, 5-7pm
“The Stories We Tell”
August 29 – October 5, 2020
Fall Art Walk & Studio Tour
As a kid, I found it comforting to think about how wildly the universe had to conspire just so I could be here. I would lie in bed and think about all the serendipitous moments that had to happen just so my Tanzanian father and South Korean mother could meet, halfway around the world, and have me. I would think about the epic stories of love, betrayal, sacrifice, migration, survival ~ all the random encounters and deliberate life choices extending back generations that had to happen just so my parents could meet and have me.
And as I got older, made friends and met their families, I realized that everyone has stories that are epic in scope ~ even if their families have lived in the same town for generations.
Every one of us is the embodiment of the life stories of our parents, our grandparents, our ancestors. We carry their stories forward with us, whether we’re conscious of them or not. But make no mistake ~ we are all here because of these stories.
Making art is how I make sense of these stories I’ve inherited about who I am and where I come from…and the stories I’m now passing down. As a mother, I feel compelled to think about where I stand in this flow of cultural inheritance and legacy. These paintings reflect the internal and external landscapes that have been traversed just to reach this point where our paths could cross in this gallery, in this city, at this moment in time…
Currently on exhibit at
Columbia City Gallery (Seattle)
through Jan. 5, 2020.
It’s been a full and busy year!! I am 13 shows down…and now with Fall in full swing, I have 4 more to go. If you’re in Seattle between now and the end of the year, here’s hoping you can make it to one of these openings! Would LOVE to see you there!🙂
“Envisioning a Brighter Future”
King Street Station
303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104 – 4th floor
Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov. 7 from 5-7pm
Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk
Exhibit hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6
Exhibit ends: January 11, 2020
“The Paths We Travel”
Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S., Seattle WA 98118
Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 16 from 5-7pm
Exhibit ends: January 5, 2020
NW Mystics 2019: Women of the Pacific Northwest
Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) Gallery
114 Third Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104
Opening Reception: Thur., Dec 5 from 5-8pm
Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk
Exhibit ends: December 21, 2019
All Around Town: Celebrating Our City
2019 Winter Art Show
Windermere Mount Baker
4919 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118
Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec 5 from 5:30-8pm
Exhibit hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat & Sun 10-4
Show will be up thru Feb 2020
I’m excited to be showing my work at Proletariat Pizza for the next couple of months!! Last year, Sandra the manager found me on Instagram. She reached out and asked if I would be interested in showing my work at her restaurant. The aesthetic, the vibe, the expansive wall space–not to mention, the pie! It was an easy YES!!!
This week, Tom and I installed 24 pieces — including 4 new pieces fresh off the easel. All paintings are for sale. My art, on these walls, looks fantastic!
9622-A 16th Ave SW 98106
Happy Hour Reception
Wed., August 7
This space is super family-friendly. We’ll have a couple tables reserved. If you’re in town/in the neighborhood, please come on by! I would love to see you!! 🍕🍻🖼
Show will be up through September 30.
“The Truth Has No Borders” is a multimedia piece that integrates 40 years of writing, photography, music, film, and art into a single cohesive, immersive installation.
It was originally created to exhibit in a shipping container for COCA’s 30-day Storefronts [UN]contained Residency in 2016. Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to revisit this project, and fully realize my vision. But I’ve been struggling with how to convey the impact of this piece in grant/exhibition applications.
I shot this test video on-site when I only had the first two layers of paper panels up (I wanted to see how the projection & sound worked in the space.) The final installation had 7 layers of paper panels. But my dream is to FILL the room with floor-to-ceiling encaustic paper panels — a layered paper screen embedded with images of my Mom’s Korean family, that are illuminated by the projected moving imagery of my Dad’s Chagga family on Kilimanjaro.
When I brought this dilemma to Larry Calkins, he suggested building a model of the project to film. Brilliant!! And so my diorama project begins…(projection and sound to follow).
One painting, from start to finish, in 768 days…
This 24″x 24″ painting has undergone a surprising number of transformations before finally settling on the Broadstairs piece currently exhibiting at Northwest Encaustics. As one of the more epic #NoPanelLeftBehind pieces, I decided to trace Broadstairs back to its origins, and offer snapshots of its evolution over the past 2 years…
Most of my pieces begin with writing…whether it be part of a journal entry, passage from a book, lyric, poem. The base layers here also includes wood glue burn, yellow india ink, and several clear coats of encaustic medium.
School’s out, which means my studio assistant is on hand to scrape back the layers. Always happy to let the kid loose on my paintings. I consider this a good return on my investment.😉
WEATHERED & WORN
Of the 40+ paintings in my upcoming solo show, 25 are new and exhibiting for the first time.
Weathered and Worn will be part of West Seattle Art Walk in May and June.
The exhibit will be up through the month of June.
7150 44th Ave SW., Seattle 98136
MAY 9, 2019
JUNE 13, 2019
Artist Statement (excerpt)
…This body of work hangs together loosely. To me, they are more about the process, the journey of becoming. They evoke the layered narratives that we all carry—as individuals in this present moment, and as the embodiment of our ancestors’ stories spanning generations and continents. They represent new directions I am taking as an artist — using mark-making, texture, cold wax medium and organic materials to tell a story. Some of these pieces came into being fully-formed. Some were labors of love, with 2 or 3 completely different paintings existing beneath the surface.
While I am excited to share these paintings in their current incarnations, some of them will be radically transformed – melted, scraped down, carved into, painted over—when they return to my studio. But as a lover of process, I believe that even our work-in-progress selves deserve an occasional spotlight…to be seen, witnessed and considered in our current state of being…and becoming.