everything I want is --
Risograph printed artist book
Edition of 25
2018

 

 

 My container is ill-fitting. The hard edges that outline it do not suit my fluid body.

I measure the distance between the edges of my borders and the spaces I spill over to.

I paint in pools -- watery acrylics gather and separate as they wish on a surface, floating into unexpected shapes. I print by layering in transparency; each successive deposit clouding the last. 

I prefer non-definition, porosity, halftone gray, and an inky lack of density with air to breathe. 

I insist on opaque and culturally fluid bodies. These bodies resist carrying the narrative of their communities. I challenge the prescribed outlines of an identity. This biracial body is a tool.

 

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Upon myself, bending
Risograph printed artist book
Edition of forty
2017

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Slice of Life, Sourdough Mother,
Hand-bound artist book
Edition of fifty
2017

Jordmor is the Norwegian term for ‘birth mother.’ Breaking the word into its parts, jord (soil) and mor (mother) directly translates into ‘Earth-Mother’. I like the image that this conjures, of a body that is carried and borne by an entity that is both woman and land, the two inextricably mixed. The very existence of this word, I would argue, is telling of the ways a body longs for (or is expected to have) a connection to land.

In Slice of Life, Sourdough Mother, I contemplate this melding of body and earth through the process of leavening a sourdough with wild yeast. Slices in the pages allow for a zooming-in on bio-like imagery througout the book, as it unfolds in an exploration of filiation and the assumption of purity.

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Poem Books Vol. 1: Growth of the Soil
Risograph printed artist book
Edition of one hundred
2017

This book is Vol.1 from the Poem Books series. The writing explores the discomfort of the diasporic experience, of taking root in other soils. Poem inspired by the Knut Hamsun novel of the same name.

 

Husks
Japanese stab-bound artist book
Seven poems and two relief prints
Edition of three
2013