Artist Statement

Invasive. Endemic. Naturalized. All are words describing florae and its relationship to its environment, some descriptions I’ve begun to see in myself. Being yet another non-native, introduced entity here in Hawai’i, I am warmly welcomed by so very many, yet I am one of too many. O’ahu is overcrowded, it is unsustainable.

Combining wire and fiber using textile techniques, it is as flexible as my ever transforming life. Blending the soft with the hard, the feminine with the masculine, allows me to play with these extremes and create in-betweens. My botanical sculpture work is a comfortable medium in which  to start difficult dialogues. 

My reason for coming to this beautiful paradise is due to an organization that could be classified as an invasive, noxious species, yet it bears the sweet fruit of jobs and security.

How will my life impact Hawai’i and those who live here? Will I be that noxious weed?
Or can I become naturalized like the philodendron? A non-native, but only mildly invasive?

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