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My creative practice as an artist has, until fairly recently, focused on the intersection of displacement, loss, memory, and commodity, navigating the complex relationship between an original object or experience and its copy/replica or surrogate. While still intrigued by ideas around authenticity and artifice, my studio practice more recently is concerned more with the notion of control, interiority, domesticity, and unlikely materials, flipping on its head a child’s typical practice of incorporating the detritus of the adult world in their creations. Other than my own photography and printed imagery, I now work almost exclusively with recycled materials from my daily experiences as primary caretaker for my two children. See examples of current work here.

Born on Guam in 1977 and raised in five states and three countries, I eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Art Practice and French from the University of California at Berkeley, and where I returned after receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A former full-time Etsy seller, recovering “artists in offices”, and creator/host of a podcast by the same name, I currently juggle motherhood and creativity in Oakland, California.


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