In the absence of verbal language, textiles have served as my tongue. Where gender and sexuality were too hard to explain, I turned to fragments of fibers to speak on behalf of my lived experiences. The Things We Carry examines the vulnerability of our identities by exploring how grief and growth can coexist in the same space.
Bandaging My Eternal Mind is a collaged fine art piece that explores the life of Van Gogh. As an artist with a psychiatrist as a father, I too see a reflection of myself in the eyes of Van Gogh.
Painting My Own Reality is a collaged fine art piece that explores the life of Frida Kahlo. Despite a life filled with great suffering, Kahlo painted her reality with such authenticity and beauty.
Point Of No Return is a materiality study that explores unconventional materials like vintage luggage tags and found leaves. This piece explores the cracks of memory and time as I long to discover the travelers' missing identities.
Regeneration is a materiality study that explores the depths of decomposition, transition, and re-birth. This mixed-media piece juxtaposes decay and beauty.
Letters To The Past illustrates the loss of my Nana in 2018. This mixed-media piece uses letters I wrote to my Nana but never got to share with her as a modality to invite viewers to hold onto fleeting moments.
"Speaking of yarn" explores three-dimensional fine art that can be interacted with and manipulated by viewers. This piece encourages us to be curious about the identities and truths we hold but are fearful of speaking to the world.
Veins of Belonging highlights streams of colorful consciousness in exploring queer identities. The hand-dyed warp adds a layer of woven complexity through tactility and color mixing.