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.
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.
So excited to announce My First SOLO Show!!!!
5 years ago, I took my first art class (since 4th grade) at Northwest Encaustic. With no formal art school training to account for, I had little to prove…just a whole lot to gain. The teachers fueled my curiosity while expanding my creative toolbox. And their generosity afforded me a whole new language to explore and share my stories.
I am who I am as an artist because of this studio/gallery. So this feels like the perfect location for my first ever solo show! “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
*P.S. At the receptions, I will have ~40 original paintings available between $150-$250.
**P.P.S. I r e a l l y hope you can join me for this!!!!
UPDATE: This shop was live for the month of October only,
and is now offline.
The remaining SOLO pieces are available for sale
through Columbia City Gallery (Seattle).
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Today is day 30 of 30!!! So grateful for this daily studio and writing practice that helped me stay grounded through this challenging week…
Now that my online store has launched, I want to find new ways to use my art in service to my activism. So I’m excited to share that I will be donating 20% of the proceeds of my SOLO sales to the Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence.
So you can treat yourself to a color-filled painting that lifts your spirits while buying direct from the artist, and know that a portion of your money will go to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Thank you for kindly for your consideration.
And with that, I give you my final painting ~ #30 of 30:
I can’t believe how many creative adventures have resulted from my seemingly random, last minute decision to jump on this bandwagon.
Painting and writing every day breathed new life into my flailing blog, produced much-needed inventory for my first art market, developed the scaffolding for my new talk, and helped me overcome some creative blocks.
Thank You for all your encouraging online and in-person comments about my posts! Many of you sweetly asked whether these paintings are available for purchase. And so, to show my gratitude for your joining me on this creative journey, I AM LAUNCHING MY ONLINE SHOP!!!
I have loved making these SOLO pieces. Every painting is original, and impossible to duplicate. There are even additional paintings here that didn’t make it onto my blog.
If you see something you love, please use the Coupon Code 30in30 to get 15% off your entire order. Free shipping on all orders in the US.
And so, with gratitude, I give you painting 29 of 30:
Yesterday was hard, I won’t lie. I’ve been listening a lot, and bearing witness to what my loved ones have been holding. And today, I intend to do more of the same.
With love, I give you painting 28 of 30:
Watching Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony, I’m feeling inspired by her composure and bravery. As a fellow Holton-Arms alumnae (and survivor), today’s painting is in our school colors of blue & white.
Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam ~ I will find a way, or make one.
Here is painting 27 of 30:
One of the greatest gifts of the digital age is the removal of barriers between artists/creators and their audience. No longer is there a singular path to (or definition of) “success”, with gatekeepers at every milestone. The floodgates are wide open — and while not always to my liking, I think we ultimately benefit from seeing the breadth and depth of work being created around the world every day.
So chart your own course. And be smart about what/who you give your time, attention and energy to. Focusing on the people right in front of you who are moved by your work will open more doors than banging on that One Door that refuses to let you in.
Go Where the Energy Is.
Here is painting 26 of 30:
Speak your truth.
Let go of the consequences.
And tomorrow, begin again.
That is what this practice of art calls me to do.
Here is painting 25 of 30: